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Anger Co Down two-year-old can't get prescribed medicinal cannabis

By Tom Horton

A two-year-old Dundonald girl who was prescribed medical cannabis cannot yet receive treatment as no UK pharmacy holds a licence to sell it, according to her father.

Jorja Emerson, who suffers up to 30 epileptic seizures each day, is believed to be the first child in the UK to be prescribed the drug by a doctor since the drug was rescheduled on November 1.

However, after her family fought for weeks to secure the landmark prescription from a private hospital in London on Monday, they have now been told they face a further delay to treatment.

Robin Emerson, Jorja's 33-year-old entrepreneur father, said: "We are letting bureaucracy get in the way of saving children's lives. Jorja is entitled to her medication and it's legal. There should be no issue."

A government spokesman pointed out that medical cannabis "can be imported using appropriately licensed pharmaceutical wholesalers".

However, Robin said this process could take "weeks or months".

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