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How can medical cannabis help autistic people?

At its worst, Billy Caldwell’s epilepsy saw him suffer 300 seizures a day. Here, mum Charlotte tells Darren Devine how medical cannabis has saved his life and she wants other families to benefit.

Charlotte Caldwell watched powerlessly as her desperately ill son’s medication – medical cannabis – was snatched from her by border officials. Seven years ago, Caldwell was returning from the US and Canada with son Billy when UK officials seized his cannabis oil and five days later he suffered back-to-back seizures. But out of this low point for Billy and his mother came a campaign that would ultimately help to change the law and see him granted a lifetime NHS prescription for the medication. Caldwell went public over her struggle to treat her 17-year-old son’s epilepsy with cannabis oil after the border


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