Sir Richard Branson has thrown his support behind brave cannabis boy Billy Caldwell.
The 12-year-old has severe epilepsy and can have 100 life-threatening seizures a night without the medicine.
But mum Charlotte, 50, had cannabis oil confiscated at Heathrow this week after travelling to Canada to get the drug, which can relieve chronic pain.
Her frustration led to her tweeting: “I would prefer my son illegally alive rather than legally dead”.
Virgin boss Sir Richard, 67, responded: “Heart-breaking words. No parent should have to make this choice.
But the Home Office has refused to return the medicine — despite Billy having a first seizure in 19 months.
Charlotte, of Castlederg in Co Tyrone, made a 7,000-mile round trip to Toronto after her GP was threatened with being struck off for sanctioning the oil.
Officials say “prescriptions cannot be written without a government licence”.
The Mirror revealed that Theresa May’s husband Philip has a firm, Capital Group, which is the largest investor in GW Pharmaceuticals. This produces the drug in Britain for foreign markets.
Charlotte slammed the “hypocrisy” of that situation. A No10 spokesman called the PM was “sympathetic” but refused to sanction the medicine.
The Home Office said Billy can seek a clinical trial in Northern Ireland but the medication is needed now. Charlotte added: “We’re minutes from the consultants the Home Office told us to see yet nobody will see us.”
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