We need action on medicinal cannabis now – Diane Abbott

19 Jun 2018
Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the Home Secretary’s announcement about a medicinal cannabis review, said:
“The Government has finally accepted that cannabis oil is a medicine, after repeatedly denying licences to vulnerable children in severe pain and distress.
“But today’s u-turn does not go far enough. We need action now to ensure there are no more cases like Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell. The review process must not be an excuse for delaying access to cannabis oil for those who need it.
“The Home Secretary must stop ducking this issue. He should commit to using his licensing powers in all serious cases where there is appropriate medical advice to do so. Action must be taken now to ensure no further harm is done to people with debilitating and life threatening illnesses.”

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