Mother who had son’s medical cannabis confiscated warns he ‘will surely pass away’ if law does not change

The government has been accused of endangering the life of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell after Heathrow customs officials confiscated a cannabis-based medicine used to treat his severe epilepsy.

Billy’s mother, Charlotte Caldwell, told the media one member of customs staff “had tears in their eyes” when they confiscated the treatment, which had been issued through a clinical trial in Toronto, Canada.

Returning on Monday, the family declared the six-month supply of an oil containing CBD, one of the key constituents of medical cannabis, which has helped to eradicate Billy’s life-threatening seizures.

“Without that medicine, Billy’s seizures will return and Billy will surely pass away,” Ms Caldwell said.

Billy suffered from up to

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