Parents of boy with severe epilepsy drop cannabis challenge – The Guardian

Ali, Matt and Charlie Hughes.

The parents of a three-year-old with severe epilepsy have dropped a legal challenge over guidelines they said put doctors off prescribing “life-saving” medical cannabis after they were “clarified”.

Medical cannabis has been legal since 2018 but access on the NHS remains all but impossible due to resistance from doctors and officials However, a private market is growing and families continue to credit it with significantly reducing children’s seizures.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) resolved the challenge from Matt and Ali Hughes, from Norwich, before it was expected to be heard in the high court.

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