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Doctors able to prescribe cannabis to patients

By Aubrey Allegretti, political reporter
Doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients from 1 November, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced.
The new rule will apply to England, Wales and Scotland, and follows several high-profile court cases.
Mr Javid said the "heartbreaking" accounts of sick children who were fighting to be treated with medicinal cannabis had moved him to take "swift action".

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The plight of young epilepsy sufferers Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell came to prominence earlier this year.Billy was given the NHS' first prescription for medicinal cannabis oil, a move his mother credited with keeping her son's seizures at bay.Alfie's use of cannabis treatment was said to reduce both the severity and the frequency of his clusters of seizures, coming once every 27 days rather than every 7-10 days.
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Billy's mother credited the cannabis oil with keeping seizures at bay
Hannah Deacon, Alfie's mother, called it a "momentous day" for families with a suffering child who could be helped by medicinal cannabis.She said: "We urge the medical world to get behind these reforms so they can help the tens of thousands of people who are in urgent need of help.
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