The news came as a huge relief to the Unison Lothian Health worker who smuggled a cannabis medicine containing the controversial ingredient THC into the country from Holland earlier this year
An ex-cop who smuggled cannabis oil into the country to save her sick son will not face a criminal or child protection investigation.
Lisa Quarrell was visited by police after admitting in a TV documentary that she brought medicine into Scotland illegally to treat Cole Thomson who has a rare form of epilepsy.
The campaigning East Kilbride mum feared she may lose her two boys, but today the 37-year-old was told she was “under no investigation” for criminality or child protection.
The news will come as a huge relief to the Unison Lothian Health worker who, earlier this year, smuggled a cannabis medicine containing the controversial ingredient THC into the country from Holland after getting a prescription from a doctor there.
And the good news couldn’t have come at a better time as today Cole celebrates his seventh birthday, 118 days seizure free.
Speaking exclusively to the East Kilbride News, Lisa said: “I’m so relieved at this outcome. Even though I know I did the only thing I could do to save my son’s life, having this hanging over me and my family has been awful.
“I got the news this morning just before heading out to celebrate Cole turning seven seizure-free and I cried with happy tears.
“I can now stop worrying and continue focusing on my boys.”
Lisa spent thousands of pounds bringing the drug Bedrolite back illegally but her son is now being prescribed cannabis oil legally by a private London hospital.
And this week we revealed Cole is the first child in the country to obtain the unlicensed cannabis oil legally from a local pharmacy after a East Kilbride pharmaceutical company agreed to import it ‘at cost’ for the family.
The firm are the first in Scotland to do so and are discussing how to take things forward to help more families.
But, even at cost price, a 10ml bottle of Bedrolite is £170 and lasts just four days meaning Lisa has to fundraise to pay the £700 a month prescription.
Lisa is now calling on Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman to authorise compassionate funding” for the drug from NHS Scotland.
She added: “Now we have one last hurdle, it’ll be the hardest yet, but I won’t stop until I have an NHS funded prescription.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “The circumstances were fully investigated and no criminality was established in terms of people brining medical cannabis into the country. If Police Scotland is made aware of an offence or receives any complaint it will be fully investigated and the appropriate action will be taken.”