Even though Mr Emerson picked up the prescription on Monday, importing the drug could take weeks or months.
Jorja: The first child to be prescribed legal medical cannabis in the UK following changes in the law
Sir Mike Penning MP, who co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prescribed Use of Medical Cannabis, commented on the case:
“Parents like Robin already have more than a head full, coping with the stresses and strains of caring for very sick children.
“The last thing they need is a long and tortuous process to actually get the medicine that’s been prescribed.
“This assault course of bureaucracy needs sorting out once and for all.
“But in the meantime, if this prescription isn’t sorted soon I’m minded to ask a small cross party group of MPs led by myself and my co-chair Tonia Antoniazzi to go and get it from Canada and give it to Robin for Jorja.”
Jorja was only able to attain a private prescription and will cost her family £3,000 per month.
Speaking on radio talk-show LBC, Mr. Emerson explained:
“It’s looking at a cost of around £3,000 at the moment every three months, plus flights, hotels because I have to travel back to London every time,” he told host Eddie Mair.
Robin Emerson appearing on LBC to discuss his daughter’s case
“[The prescription] has to go to a government department now, then they have to approve it, then they will speak with the pharmaceutical company in Canada to arrange how to get it across.
“They’re looking at a period of around seven to 14 days.”
Robin said cannabis treatment is “the difference between her living and dying,” and is refusing to leave London until he has obtained the drug.
How many families desperately needing a medical cannabis prescription will be able to afford £1,000 a month? How many children desperately needing medical cannabis to live a normal life, or live at all, can wait weeks or months for a prescription?
Medical cannabis should be readily available for all who need it, rich or poor, child or adult. How much longer can the British Government deny its citizens their right to a choice to a safe medication?