Article by Kate Robertson, Lift News
On this Purple Day, the annual international epilepsy awareness day, British six-year-old Alfie Dingley is still waiting to hear if the UK government will change its laws and allow him to use cannabis oil to prevent his seizures. The boy has as many as 150 seizures per month brought on by a rare form of epilepsy.
On March 20, Dingley’s family presented a petition to the government with more than 370,000 signatures, including those of celebrities such as Patrick Stewart and Richard Branson.
To mark Purple Day, the Liberal Democratic Party put out a video supporting the Dingley family’s efforts to legalize medical cannabis.
Cannabis oil is available in the Netherlands, where the family has travelled to test its efficacy on the young boy’s symptoms, but it is banned in the UK. Dingley’s parents said his response to the medicine was “dramatic,” reducing his seizures from 150 per month to just one.
“I don’t want to break the law by going to Holland and bringing his medical cannabis into the UK illegally,” Alfie’s mother Hannah Deacon told the BBC. “And why should I have to do that?”