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Medicinal cannabis prescriptions for “exceptional clinical need” may be available for the first time in the United Kingdom in as little as two weeks. This remarkable legalization of medical marijuana use was announced by the Home Office in the aftermath of the Billy Caldwell case – a twelve-year-old epileptic boy whose mother had virtually eliminated his seizures with cannabis oil in the United States. On Wednesday, an expert panel formed by the government began accepting applications for which a doctor must demonstrate the patient’s “exceptional clinical need” for the marijuana, which means that no other medicine will treat the patients’ debilitating condition. As the panel handles these exceptional cases, Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies will begin a review into whether cannabis should be made available for therapeutic use.