A MUM fears there is “no end to the stress and trauma” of trying to get medical cannabis for her severely epileptic child after a second batch was seized as she re-entered the UK.

Emma Appleby hit the headlines when the medical cannabis oil she had bought in the Netherlands was seized by Border Force officials from her at Southend Airport in April.

The treatment, for her nine-year-old daughter Teagan, cost £4,600.

After that batch was seized, Ms Appleby and her partner Lee had to obtain a prescription from a specialist UK consultant to get it back.

But despite having that, the mum has been stopped again, having flown back to Gatwick from the Netherlands on Thursday carrying a month’s supply of the drug.

She has been told she now needs an import licence.

Teagan suffers from a rare chromosomal disorder called Isodicentric 15 as well as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, which causes up to 300 seizures a day.

Ms Appleby, from Aylesham near Dover, said: “There seems no end to the stress and trauma of trying to access the medical cannabis that I have proved beyond doubt transforms the life of my daughter Teagan.

“I am exhausted and shattered but I’ve seen how this medicine transforms my daughter’s life.

“I have to find a way forward. The NHS just won’t prescribe. This is unforgivably cruel and unfair.”

Referring to the new need for an import licence, she added: “I believe that such a licence costs a lot of money. I am just a mum wanting to do the best for my child, not a company importing on a commercial basis.”

The law in the UK was changed in November to make access to medical cannabis legal but parents have been struggling to secure prescriptions, in part due to reluctance within the medical community.

NHS guidance says cannabis-based products can “only be prescribed for indications where there is clear published evidence of benefit” and in “patients where there is a clinical need which cannot be met by a licensed medicine and where established treatment options have been exhausted”.

Ms Appleby was accompanied by MP Tonia Antoniazzi, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Medical Cannabis under Prescription.

The Labour MP for Gower called on Health Secretary Matt Hancock to “get a grip of this and sort it out”.

She added: “The implementation of this new policy is a shambles.

“Emma should not have to get a private prescription and have to cope with going abroad to get the medicine with all the bureaucracy this entails.

“She should be able to get it on the NHS.

“Emma has enough to do caring for her very sick daughter.

“It’s unforgivable that parents like Emma are being passed from pillar to post like this.”

A Government spokesman said: “It is unlawful to import unlicensed cannabis-based products for medicinal use to the UK without a Home Office importation licence.

“There is an established regulatory system which enables the importation of these products to the UK via pharmaceutical wholesalers, so they can be dispensed to UK resident patients prescribed these products by a specialist doctor.

“Border Force has a duty to enforce the law and stop the unlawful import of controlled substances into the UK.”