Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine today joined her constituent Karen Gray, whose son Murray suffers from a form of epilepsy, to present a petition to the Prime Minister calling for cannabidiol to be made available on the NHS.
The NHS currently does not facilitate its medicinal use, despite the UK Medicines and Healthcare Prodcuts Regulatory Agency having declared that products containing cannabidiol are safe.
Ms Jardine said: “I’m delighted for Karen and Murray that they have reached this target with such fantastic support from the public. But we must remember that there is more to be done and the important thing will be getting through to this Government how important it is to change the law.
Karen Gray added: “My son has spent years of his young life in hospital. There is an effective treatment that could give him his childhood back. To know it’s out there, but is being blocked by the government is heartbreaking. It’s simply common sense – if a treatment works we should let our NHS provide it.”
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Karen Gray’s petition, with 170,823 signatures at the time of this release, can be found here.
Please see below a photo of Christine Jardine MP alongside Karen Gray at 10 Downing Street today.