Fans of the UK morning talkshow This Morning are blasting its hosts for cutting short a segment featuring Charlotte Caldwell, a UK mother who has been at the center of a national controversy surrounding medical cannabis. Caldwell appeared on the show to discuss her ongoing difficulties accessing life-saving cannabis medication for her son Billy Caldwell, who suffers from a severe form of childhood epilepsy.
But This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby abruptly ended their conversation with Charlotte Caldwell, turning instead actors who play doctors on the popular UK soap opera Doctors. Fans viewed the quick end to Caldwell’s heartfelt presentation as derailing an important conversation about life-threatening illness and propping up the anti-drug stigmas surrounding medical cannabis in the UK.
The Story of Billy and Charlotte Caldwell
Since mid-2018, Charlotte Caldwell and her son Billy have been at the center of controversy over medical marijuana laws in the United Kingdom. And it’s because of Caldwell’s tireless advocacy that the UK changed its drug policy slightly to create medical cannabis exemptions in very limited circumstances.
It all began in June 2018, when U.K. border security officials at Heathrow Airport seized the CBD oil Caldwell had obtained in Canada to