South Suffolk MP raises plight of young Clare girl with epilepsy in call for further research into medicinal cannabis
The MP for South Suffolk has raised concerns over the lack of research into medicinal cannabis, after meeting the doctor of a little girl with severe epilepsy.
Indie-Rose Clarry, four, suffers from Dravet syndrome – a genetic condition that causes debilitating seizures and other symptoms.
Her parents Tannine Montgomery and Anthony Clarry, of Maxim Lane, Clare, have called for reform over the application process for medicinal cannabis.
In the House of Commons, James Cartlidge highlighted the need for further research into the medication, after meeting Indie’s consultant.
“He made the point that there is a barrier to prescribing cannibinoids that include THC, because there is insufficient evidence in that case,” said Mr Cartlidge, who pointed out that Indie’s parents have been forced to travel to the Netherlands to purchase the drug.
“That is not because they are criminals, but because they love her. They want to ease her pain and they are desperate,” said Mr Cartlidge.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed that additional research will be conducted.