United Patients Alliance's Campaign for Grow Your Own
Patients should have the right not only to consume, but to grow medicinal cannabis for personal use.
Here are a few good reasons why..
- Allowing patients to grow saves money for both the patient AND the NHS
Patients should not have to alter their medication to a more expensive and possibly less effective source
- Prohibition has taught self-sufficiency. Many patients are already growing high quality medicinal cannabis for personal use and should not be criminalised for doing so.
- Growing plants is a therapeutic and rewarding activity and patients can easily breed strains of cannabis that are better suited to their specific medical condition
- Whilst we appreciate commercial grows and the sale of cannabis should be regulated, a patient growing for themselves shouldn't need to be
We do not fight for cannabis. We fight for the right to be well.
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Cultivation in the EU – Today
There are 4 countries in the EU where the cultivation of medical cannabis is legal:
- The largest federally legal medical cannabis market in the world
- German medicines agency produced a monograph on cannabis for the German Pharmacopoeia.
- Issuing licences for companies to grow medical grade cannabis for patients
- Cannabis will be used to treat over 60 conditions, and health insurance companies are onboard
- medical cannabis is available for any doctor to prescribe to any patient.
- Cannabis is currently cultivated by the Italian Army
- Government to award cultivation licences to companies who specialise in growing cannabis
- medical cannabis is legal for doctors to prescribe to patients.
- Europe’s leading medical cannabis cultivator is based in the north of the country
- cannabis is shipped from the Netherlands to a number of countries around Europe.
- there are a number of licensed medical cannabis cultivators who are producing cannabis
Why Grow Your Own Medicine in the UK
It is illegal to grow any amount of cannabis (of any kind) in the UK without a license from the Home Office
It’s a really nice plant and good for the planet, your garden and your health!
- It's Easy to grow - quite hard to kill actually - it's nickname is "Weed" afterall!
- Cannabis smells lovely when it flowers - though this can be a matter of opinion
- Growing Cannabis improves the soil quality in which it grows
- Seeds are highly nutritious and birds love them
- You can prevent the use of pesticides and other contaminants
- You can avoid Fungus or mold
- You can achieve consistency in cannabinoid strength and terpene profile
Supply and Strain Preference/Choice
- 90% of Street Cannabis is a single product strength, balance, type – not so good for 90% of patients
- A range of strains is most optimal for any condition requiring different needs, especially at different times.
- Running out of medicine is not good when it is the only effective treatment for your condition
- You will not be funding criminal organisations and activity through your need for effective medicine.
- Average street prices are about £20 for 1.4g of cheese or skunk or whatever with whatever on it
- LEDs are making indoor growing far cheaper on electricity
- Eg: for MS Patient (Sativex, price stays the same) £30000 For GYO £5000
Impact of Prohibition
- Feminised Seeds/Auto-Flowering Seeds both impact the stability of the genetics and are the result of an illegal market
- Lights in a Tent/Basement vs Sunshine (Ok, it is the UK)!
- Vietnamese Children to Work in Illegal Operations
- Very High THC and very low CBD, auto-flowering feminised strains increasingly popular
- Easier, Cheaper, more bang for your buck,
- Popular amongst recreational consumers
- Popular amongst chronic pain sufferers
- And anxiety sufferers, and Parkinsons, and other forms of epilepsy, and Nausea and Vomiting
Potential Regulations to keep an eye on
- Limits on Strength and/or THC/CBD balance
- Plant Limits
- Patients help to determine fair amounts for personal use