The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has called for a swift review of the medicinal use of cannabis oil after an emergency licence was provided to Billy Caldwell, a boy with severe epilepsy whose medication had been confiscated.
Hunt said the UK had not got the law right on the oil, which is legal in many other countries, including Canada, the US and several EU states.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday: “I don’t think anyone who followed [the story of Caldwell] could sensibly say that we are getting the law on this kind of thing right.
“I think everyone feels for [Charlotte Caldwell, Billy’s mother], and of course there are many, many other people in that situation.”
He said he hoped the review could be completed within months.