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Campaigner Emma Appleby was stopped with £4,500 worth of cannabis oil for her daughter The mother of a severely epileptic nine-year-old girl has had an illegal supply of medical cannabis confiscated by customs officials after she attempted to enter the UK with the potentially life-saving medication that her daughter cannot access, despite changes in the law. Campaigner Emma Appleby flew to the UK from Holland on Saturday morning with her partner Lee carrying three months’ worth of cannabis oil, valued at £4,500, for her daughter Teagan, who has a rare chromosomal disorder as well as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, which causes up to 300 seizures a day. It follows a similar course of action by Charlotte Caldwell last year whose audacious attempt to challenge what she said were the UK’s unjust laws helped pressure the government into legalising medical cannabis. She had the medicine returned within a week after her son Billy’s seizures returned and he was admitted to hospital. Appleby, from Aylesham near Dover, said she had been “passed from pillar to post” attempting to secure access to the appropriate medicine for her child, prompting her to break the law after she had a request refused for an import licence on compassionate grounds. “We have tried a succession of pharmaceutical drugs and diets to try and help Teagan,” she said on Friday. Mother of girl with epilepsy has supply of medical cannabis confiscated

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