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Hundreds turn out for Billy's Bud Fest

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Hundreds turn out for Billy's Bud Fest thumbnailDaniel McCrossan MLA with Sarah Jane McCrudden, Shaquille and Shariff Oke and Mary McCauley pictured during the 'Billy's Bud Festival' at Crewe Bridge, near Castlederg. AN3720

The Billy's Bud Fest, which took place on Saturday last at Crewe Bridge near Castlederg, offered the chance for people who have supported young Billy Caldwell on being over 300 days seizure-free, due to the aid of Cannabis oil.
Billy who suffers from severe epilepsy has become the poster child for a "miraculous" medical marijuana product after his family claim it saved his life. He began taking cannabis oil for his seizures after seeing a childhood epilepsy expert in California, where medical marijuana is legal.
Last weekend's event was a chance to celebrate how far he has come. His mother, Charlotte, has been campaigning for the legalisation of CBD oil.
Although cannabis is illegal due to the presence of psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, CBD is legal now in prescription form for Billy for medicinal purposes. Billy's own brand of cannabis oil, similar to that used in his treatment was avaliable for sale on the day. Other CBD oils and balms were on sale on the day also.
The celebration included activities such as a late night DJ, children's entertainment, indoor market and camping overnight was also available, which was completly booked out.
“It was all a bit crazy. We weren't expecting the response we got, there were hundreds of people that attended on Saturday, an absolutely incredible response," said Charlotte.
People from all over travelled to support Charlotte and Billy. Charlotte added: "The festival started off as something small, but in the weeks that led up to the event it turned out something I never expected. People traveled from England, Scotland, London and Tralee all to celebrate the overcoming of Billy's seizures."
Following attending the event on Saturday, Daniel McCrossan MLA said: "I support fully little Billy and his mother and the many people out there in similar circumstances that require this vital treatment. I support the campagin for medicinal cannabis, cannabis for medicinal purposes that will truely bring about a better quality of life for people out there that are suffering from whatever it is they are suffering from".
Charlotte added: "Thanks to everyone for coming, I can't thank you all enough. Billy thoroughly enjoyed the day with lots of activties for him to do".

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