United Kingdom - The UK’s medical cannabis ban has been criticised by government ministers and opposition parties following a high-profile case, but Theresa May is resisting pressure to change the law. On 16 June, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced government would allow a 12-year-old boy, Billy Caldwell, to be treated with medical cannabis oil. Caldwell’s mother had been administering the medication to treat her son’s severe epilepsy, but had the 'drug' confiscated by border agents after arriving in London from Canada, where medical cannabis is legal. The 'drug' was returned to the Caldwell family under a 20-day license and on condition it is only administered in hospital. Javid has since pressed Prime Minister Theresa May to reconsider the government’s policy on medical cannabis. Javid attempted to discuss medical cannabis reform at a private Cabinet meeting on 18 June, but the PM refused to consider the issue. . In a Q&A session later in the day, May insisted “there’s a very good reason why we’ve got a set of rules around drugs and around cannabis and other drugs because of the impact they have on people’s lives. And we must never forget that”. May, who recently vowed to “continue to fight the war against drugs" did not endorse a change in government approach, but said "we are looking at whether we have the right process for ensuring we can licence these drugs when clinicians feel they should be licensed". Increasing pressure on the PM, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt voiced his opposition to government’s approach. In an interview Hunt said: "We are reviewing the law around medical cannabis because I think we all recognise it is wholly unsatisfactory, not just for Billy but for many other families in that situation […] There is strong clinical evidence in certain situations cannabis oil can be very beneficial; we are not getting this right, that’s why we are having this review”. . The leading opposition, Labour Party, made a more specific call for reform; Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott announced: “Labour in government will allow legal prescription of cannabis oil for medical purposes. We will review drugs policy to address all issues of public health. Government should stop being so heavy-handed and bureaucratic and put welfare of children first” ... Opposition to the UK’s medical cannabis ban has intensified after it was revealed husband of drugs minister Victoria Atkins has a licence to grow cannabis for medical purposes. Meanwhile, a subsidiary of Capital Group, for whom Theresa May’s husband works, holds majority shares in the company cultivating said cannabis. Policing minister Nick Hurd said an expert panel of clinicians will be set up to advise government on medical cannabis provisions. For now, the prospect of legislative reform around medical cannabis remains uncertain.