South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler helped secure a lump sum to fund medical cannabis studies.
Recently, Tory MP Heather Wheeler arranged a meeting between Secretary Jo Churchill and Billy and Charlotte Caldwell to discuss the benefits of using medicinal cannabis.
As a result, £ 2 million in funding has been allocated to support studies of legally prescribed medicinal cannabis.
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The funding of 2 million
The local MP said there was growing evidence of the benefits of legal medicinal cannabis for treating various diseases. By being prescribed by the NHS, it could save money, but more importantly, save countless lives and help the symptoms of patients with diseases such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s and MS.
Currently, medical cannabis is legal, but there is no ongoing, government-funded clinical research on the drug’s effectiveness, Ms. Wheeler says.
The I am Billy Campaign is a campaign to launch trials into the treatment of a wide variety of conditions with legally prescribed cannabis-based drugs.
Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire added:
“I wholeheartedly welcome the historical news.
“I commend Billy and Charlotte for their determination to do this with certain patient populations like Billy with refractory epilepsy who are already gaining access to cannabis-based medicine through hard-to-find NHS prescriptions.
“This non-profit specific proposal is feasible and will undoubtedly not only collect urgently needed data, but also provide future relief for these chronically ill patients who are currently not receiving NHS prescriptions to cover medical cannabis costs. ”
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