Star Trek actor Sir Patrick Stewart voiced his support in a campaign for a young boy to be given medical marijuana to treat his epilepsy.
Alfie Dingley is just 6-years-old and suffers from a rare epileptic condition causing him to have up to 150 potentially life-threatening seizures monthly, according to The Telegraph. He’s been hospitalized three times since coming back from Holland one month ago, where he experienced symptom improvement following treatment with marijuana oil.
His parents, Drew Dingley and Hannah Deacon, want the British government to allow Alifie to use medical marijuana even though it is currently banned in Britain.
Sir Patrick, who uses medical marijuana himself to treat arthritis while living in California, met Alfie and his family and announced his support to the efforts. Stewart said, “How could one not support Alfie? Hearing what his life has been and the benefits given to him by being able to use medical marijuana. There has never been a stronger case for the legalization of medical marijuana. I have been registered for medical marijuana in California for over three years and have found it immensely beneficial for my arthritis. I had to have eight steroid injections in my fingers and knuckles, which was about as painful as anything one could imagine, because medical cannabis is not available here.”
Dingley said, “Alfie’s condition is worsening, which is obviously a worry. The steroids have side effects, they make people more aggressive and we’ve seen a change in his behavior. We just want our little boy back, our happy little six-year-old playing with his sister. This is our six-year-old son, we’re not going to put something into him that’s in any way illegal. What we’re asking for is a medical grade product, made under laboratory conditions, which is bottled and prescribed in the way any painkiller is. It’s amazing the support we’ve had, Richard Branson came out of the blue and all the support has been amazing from people. Hopefully things are starting to move in the right direction.”
“Alfie is really struggling and really suffering. The longer this goes on the longer he will suffer and it has to stop. It’s really important that the Government understands the importance of feeling in the public domain, we have a lot of public support. We’re hoping to get some reassurance and clarity on what the Government will do to help us,” said Deacon.
Several other high-profile Brits also support the campaign, including Joanna Lumley and Sir Richard Branson.
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