UK Child Denied Medical Cannabis May Not Have Long To Live
The battle over the use of medical and recreational marijuana are both at critical points in time. While medical and recreational marijuana use has thrived in places such as Colorado and Canada (full legalization is likely to occur in July), Attorney General Jeff Sessions has simultaneously made it known to the United States that he will be pushing for marijuana law enforcement.
Whatever your opinion on cannabis use is, there is hardly any denying its value when it comes to helping stimulate appetite in chemo patients and helping reduce seizures in children who are prone to such neurological issues.
Six-year-old Alfie Dingley is a child caught in the middle of this tumultuous legal battle. And his health is seemingly the real loser in it all. Alfie is a UK resident with a rare form of epilepsy known as PCDH19. The form of epilepsy causes clusters of seizures for the young boy. Alfie sometimes has 30 seizures per day.
Now, here’s the rub. Alfie has received successful cannabis oil treatments while in Holland. Unfortunately, his latest battles have occurred in the UK where medical marijuana is not permitted. His parents have begged UK officials to get him access to cannabis, but so far, no dice. Alfie’s mother Hannah Deacon has written and called the office of Prime Minister Theresa May but to no avail.
‘Act to help my beloved son survive and have the best life he can,’ Deacon wrote.
Deacon has a Facebook page titled, Alfie’s Hope, where she’s hoping to spread the word over Alfie’s condition and need for medical marijuana treatments.
‘We need your urgent compassion and action now. Please don’t stand by and let my son suffer or die unnecessarily.’ Deacon stated.
Ms. Deacon also claims that cannabis solutions are the only products which have worked to stave off the seizures and give Alfie the opportunity at a better life. Unfortunately, it seems draconian laws regarding a plant that all people should have free access to have unfortunately gotten in the way of human compassion.
‘It’s clear his life is being put at risk by this ridiculous mess that is happening at the moment. I can’t bear to watch my son have seizures. It’s heartbreaking,’ Deacon said on a Facebook Live video on Saturday.
The Home Office claims that it is looking into “every option,” but so far, not much advancement has been made while this child suffers the consequences of bureaucracy. As it stands, Alfie’s only solution is to be taken to hospitals in the UK where medical officials end up winning via pharmaceutical concoction sales and high pay grades. Alfie risks the likely hood of being placed in permanent institutions for the rest of his life, which is likely to be shortened by the unmanaged condition. Either of those two dreadful options is truly blood on the hands of UK officials who refuse to grant this child and other children like him a license to use medical cannabis.
In case you are wondering, Ms. Deacon would face up to 14 years imprisonment for defying the crown (that’s a supplying charge, possession is up to 5 years). The Home Office has stated, ‘The Government has a huge amount of sympathy for the rare and difficult situation that Alfie and his family are faced with.”
Sympathy is certainly not the same thing as compassion and solutions, at least in the case of Alfie Dingley. His mom now spends her days petitioning the government over a plant and creating content on Facebook to spread awareness of how draconian drug laws harm real people. The family’s stay in Holland proved that cannabis is the solution needed to give Alfie a good, fulfilling life. Unfortunately, his family simply could not afford to stay abroad and were forced to return to the United Kingdom.
While it is well-known that medical cannabis can help people who suffer from seizures, chronic pain, and even anxiety, the UK remains icy towards the marijuana plant. According to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform, thousands of people across England use marijuana in spite of the laws.
In October of 2015, following a government debate over the uses and dangers of marijuana, an official statement released said, “Substantial scientific evidence shows cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage human health.”
Currently, in the United States, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, New Mexico, New Jersey, Montana, Michigan, Louisiana, Iowa, Indiana, Hawaii, Georgia, Florida, Delaware, Connecticut, and Arizona all have medical marijuana as legal for medicinal purposes.
It is extremely clear at this juncture in world history that draconian marijuana laws need to be lifted, or at least relaxed, for the greater good of society. The government has no place in denying citizens a freely grown plant. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical funding to anti-legalization campaigns has helped pharmaceutical companies remain in charge of “treating people” for a great many chronic illnesses that might otherwise be treated in a more natural and holistic manner with marijuana.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.