Emma Appleby: 'We're not fine' despite medical cannabis law changes

Emma Appleby

Emma Appleby (left), Lee Moore and their daughter Teagan who has severe epilepsy.

Monday, April 8, 2019

A mother caught trying to bring medical cannabis into the UK to treat her severely epileptic daughter has said families are still suffering despite legal changes.  

Emma Appleby had a three-month supply of the medicine, which is legal in the UK, seized as she landed at Southend Airport on Saturday because she didn’t have an import license.

Responding to an urgent question in the Commons today, health secretary Matt Hancock said the medication had not been destroyed and may be returned to Ms Appleby.

Speaking to talkRADIO’s Eamonn Holmes, Ms Appleby said: “We have tried everything and cannabis based products are our last resort.

“I don’t think people understand that although the law’s changed, we’re not fine. Our children are suffering every day, some of them have been in hospital for weeks on end because they can’t control their seizures.

“I got this medication prescribed by a proper doctor, I got it from proper pharmacy, and I brought it back into the UK. I shouldn’t have to be doing that when the medication is legal here in this country.”

Mr Hancock told MPs he found the case “heart-breaking” and pledged further reviews into medical cannabis products.

Former minister Sir Mike Penning however said NHS trusts were “refusing to honour” prescriptions issued by specialist doctors.

“This is a disgrace in this country and we should all be ashamed of that,” he added.


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