Michael Lambert, the father of a young girl who uses medicinal cannabis to treat her severe form of epilepsy has vowed to continue lobbying for law reform, after being found guilty of charges of possession and cultivation.
Mr Lambert admitted to the charges but argued he had no choice but to help treat his daughter, who had already suffered irreparable brain damage because of regular, severe seizures.
Katelyn suffers a debilitating form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome but her doctors have seen a remarkable improvement in her condition since she started taking imported cannabis oil in 2014.
Mr Lambert was found guilty of two charges but he did not record a conviction.
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Despite the fact no conviction was recorded for the illegal importation and administration of medical cannabis, the process involved in reaching this outcome, must have caused unnecessary stress on Mr Lambert, who was quoted as saying: “”I was just a normal father trying to do the best by my daughter … I just did what I had to do to save my daughter’s life and the court has found that I’m a criminal”.
This begs the question, if doctors treating the young girl suffering from severe seizures recorded a signification improvement in her condition, what more do we have to do to prevent this situation occurring again in the future?