UK Mom Seeks Return of Cannabis Oil Seized at Border
A UK mother is seeking the return of cannabis oil medicine for her severely epileptic daughter that was seized by border officials last week. Emma Appleby of Aylesham, England had traveled to the Netherlands to purchase cannabis oil for her nine-year-old daughter Teagan, who has a rare chromosomal disorder and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy that causes the girl to have up to 300 seizures per day. But when Appleby returned to her home country on Saturday, the medicine was seized by border officials because she did not have a prescription from a physician in the UK.
Appleby had received a prescription from a doctor in the Netherlands and had paid approximately $6,000 for the medication, using savings and money that she had crowdfunded. She had been unsuccessful in her attempts to receive permission from the UK government to get a prescription at home, saying that “whilst the NHS and the medical professions are having arguments over what constitutes evidence, my child is suffering every day. I am at my wits’ end.”
Appleby secured a prescription for the cannabis oil from a private specialist in the UK on Wednesday and says she hopes the medicine will now be returned by the Home