Just over a year ago, British actor Sir Patrick Stewart publicly discussed his use of medical cannabis for the very first time. "I believe,” Stewart said, "this programme of research might result in benefits for people like myself as well as millions of others.”

True to his word, Sir Patrick is adding his star power to a good cause.

As The Independent reports, six-year-old Alfie Dingley has a rare form of epilepsy known as PCDH19 which can cause up to 150 seizures a month. His condition was helped immensely by cannabis oil treatment he received in the Netherlands - Alfie went 27 days without having a seizure. Unfortunately, Alfie’s family is not able to bring the medicine back to the UK, and an application for a special license to use cannabis oil was rejected by the Home Office.

So the family started a petition - which ultimately gained over 370 000 signatures - and delivered it to 10 Downing Street alongside Sir Patrick Stewart. Like Alfie, Stewart has to rely on painful steroid treatments while in the UK.

Check out this report from the BBC, featuring interviews with Stewart and Alfie’s mother Hannah Deacon:

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