Billy Caldwell forced to fly to Canada for medical cannabis AGAIN as UK authorities miss vital licence deadline

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His health crisis triggered creation of government expert panel on licences but Castlederg boy’s health now at risk due to delay Billy Caldwell must return to Canada to access life saving medical cannabis after the authorities missed a vital deadline in his licence application. The Co Tyrone youngster’s health crisis last month triggered the creation of a new government panel to examine applications for the plant therapy in the UK. Twelve-year-old Billy is once more out of time and must now travel the 3,000 miles from his home in Castlederg to Toronto to access the medication so his dosing will suffer as little disruption as possible. His mother Charlotte said: “I’m at a loss as to how and why this can happen, especially considering other licences have been issued within the UK which is fantastic news for those families. “Yet the little boy whose health crisis forced the government into sharp focus on medicinal cannabis, who made the law-makers sit up and decide on change for good, this little boy, my son, Billy Caldwell is sitting with his life under threat again.” It takes 32 days to get Billy’s Tilray manufactured medication from Health Canada; 30 days for the Canadians to push through the legal process and two days in transit to the UK. It takes up to two weeks for an import licence to be organised to allow his anti-epilepsy drugs into Northern Ireland. Billy Caldwell forced to fly to Canada for medical cannabis AGAIN as UK authorities miss vital licence deadline

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