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Desperate families of sick children forced into illegal market for medical cannabis, mum warns


lies of sick children are being forced into the illegal market for cannabis with doctors reluctant to prescribe the controversial drug on the NHS, a campaigning mum has said. Hannah Deacon, whose son Alfie was the first person to receive an NHS prescription for medical cannabis oil, warned desperate families who could not afford to buy the drug privately are doing so illegally in the cost of living crisis.

Before he started using medical cannabis, Hannah’s son Alfie Dingley, ten, was in hospital every week suffering up to 30 seizures a day due to a severe form of epilepsy. After a hard-fought campaign to change the law, medical cannabis oil can now be prescribed legally on the NHS - but it is not widely-used.

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