Billy Caldwell and Mum (Charlotte Caldwell)Clinical trials for the use of medical cannabis in the UK could be drawing closer thanks to the campaigning of the family of an epileptic boy.

Billy Caldwell, 13, used a Canadian cannabis-based medicine to manage his condition, but it was confiscated at Heathrow Airport last year.

Over the last year his mum Charlotte Caldwell has been campaigning to get medical cannabis made available on the NHS, Belfast Live reports.

Now the move towards trials of the medication means leading medical experts in the UK will examine a large number of cannabis products so they can gather evidence to show which medicinal cannabis products react well with various types of epilepsy and seizures.

The hoped-for result is that medicines derived from the cannabis plant would be prescribed through the NHS for children with epilepsy.

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