Gone to Pot

Gone to Pot

Tonight ITV will air the premiere of their new programme “gone to pot” the show features some well known faces to the British public and is an interesting look into how cannabis can effect different people.

UPDATE from Paul Flynn MP

UPDATE from Paul Flynn MP

 

Re-newed thanks for your support on my 10 minute rule bill. I tend to be over optimistic but having had my last proposed bill adopted by Government I am hopeful that a change in Government attitudes is taking place.

2 MPs join United Patients Alliance as Patrons

2 MPs join United Patients Alliance as Patrons

We are proud and honoured to announce that joining former UK Government Drugs Minister Norman Baker as Patrons, are 2 serving MPs; Paul Flynn MP (Newport West - Lab) and Tonia Antoniazzi MP (Gower - Lab)

DE - Cannabis expert starts hunger strike

DE - Cannabis expert starts hunger strike

On August 17, 2017, the German cannabis expert Franjo Grotenhermen entered an indefinite hunger strike. The objective of refusing to accept any food is to decriminalize all citizens who need cannabis to treat their serious diseases.

On March 10, 2017, a much-debated law on cannabis as a medicine went
into effect in Germany. It was the declared aim of the legislature to
allow all patients who need a therapy with cannabis medicines to do
so. 

Meeting the CBDBrothers

Meeting the CBDBrothers

Over the last few months, thanks to a little help from Norman Lamb MP, whom I engaged a while back - Read about that here, I have been embroiling myself in all things Hemp and CBD. I will write about the progress being made with the authorities in another article, along with my personal interpretation of their current guidance, which boils down to a broad holding pattern until they can get around to actually doing something about it - which will, in all likelihood take 18-24 months with their current priorities and resources:

MS Society announces support for legalisation of medical cannabis

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MS Society announces support for legalisation of medical cannabis

Medical cannabis patients, such as Sarah Martin who was diagnosed with MS in 2003 and has since been medicating with cannabis, explained why support from MS Society is important to MS patients:“It means the whole world to an awful lot of people. Now that we have the MS Society behind the argument the law will change sooner rather than later.

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Penis Cutting Mother Stabbing Media Skunk Madness

Penis Cutting Mother Stabbing Media Skunk Madness

Today BBC Radio 5 Live aired a piece in which the father of a young man, who had stabbed his mother and cut his penis off, spoke about why we need to upgrade “Skunk” to Class A. What is strange is that this incident, which occurred in 2013, was originally covered in 2014 with absolutely no mention of skunk or cannabis. In fact the initial article specified that the young man in question was actually intoxicated with alcohol and Mephedrone (often known as Miaow Miaow).

BMJ - Cannabinoids are Medicine

BMJ - Cannabinoids are Medicine

Evidence supports reform to allow the legitimate study, regulation, and prescription of therapeutic cannabinoids

From its first recorded uses in China through to the early 20th century, cannabis has had a place in the pharmacopoeia. Queen Victoria’s personal physician, Russel Reynolds, opined in the Lancet in 1890, “Indian hemp, when pure and administered carefully, is one of the most valuable medicines we possess.”1 This opinion was based on current best evidence: the careful and documented observation of its effects in medical conditions.

PRESS RELEASE: Former UK Gov Drugs Minister announced as Patron of Medical Cannabis Org.

PRESS RELEASE: Former UK Gov Drugs Minister announced as Patron of Medical Cannabis Org.

Since being launched in 2014 with the help of Caroline Lucas MP, United Patients Alliance have always been a charitable organisation and have worked hard to make allies and supporters within political spheres. Now on our journey to becoming a registered charity we are proud and honoured to announce former UK Government Drugs Minister and LibDem MP for Lewes, Norman Baker as our first Patron:

Former UK Government Drugs Minister and LibDem MP for Lewes, Norman Baker

 

“I have gladly accepted the offer to become patron of the UPA. They are a well organised and sensible group. I am very clear from my time as drugs minister in the coalition government that for some people, access to cannabis is essential for their health and it is disgraceful that not only are they denied access to vital medicine but prosecuted if they access it themselves. The UPA makes a strong case for a more humane approach and I am delighted to do what I can to support them."

 

 

LibDem Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes, Kelly-Marie Blundell is very supportive:

"As a long time campaigner for access to cannabis for medicinal purposes, I'm pleased to see the United Patients Alliance go from strength to strength, and I hope with Norman Baker on board as well, we can see more action."
 

Clark French, Founder and Director of United Patients Alliance

Keiron Reeves and Clark French of the United Patents Alliance with Norman Baker

“United Patients Alliance is delighted to welcome Norman as our first Patron. After our meetings with Norman at his constituency office he took Keiron Reeves and I to the home office to talk about how medical cannabis helps us. Having a former drugs Minister as a part of of the UPA is going to strengthen our organisation which in turn will help us to play a bigger part in the inevitable changes to future cannabis laws.”
 

Jon Liebling, Political Director of United Patients Alliance

“We look forward to continuing our work with the support of such an influential political figure such as Norman on board and look forward to making more exciting announcements and collaborations over the coming months.”

 

ENDS

Legal Medical cannabis in Ireland.

Legal Medical cannabis in Ireland.

The news that medicinal cannabis is set to become legal in Ireland has been welcomed by the UPA. During September last year, some of our main admin team watched eagerly at the Trinity summit in Dublin, as Irish politicians and activists spoke about their work to get the healing properties of cannabis recognised by the Irish state. Now some months later the HPRA's Report has come to light, and there will be legal access to medical cannabis in the Republic of Ireland.

APPG Launch - Help

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APPG Launch - Help

Information on Launch Event

September is going to be HUGE for 

#

CannabisisMedicine

* 100+ Peers and MPs launch campaign for cannabis as a medicine

#

UPA

 publish Patient Survey

* Top UK Neurologist publishes "game-changing" study of evidence

* (Many More Exciting Details to come)

Facebook Posts/Tweets/etc - ALWAYS and Every one!

  • Follow us on Twitter: @upallianceuk
  • Like us on Facebook
  • Like all our FB posts and tweets
  • Comment on posts/tweets - this spreads the word (much wider)
  • Share posts/Retweet - spreads the word (much much wider)
  • Share posts in other groups you think are appropriate
  • LIKES – Likes are the throwaway gesture of social media. When you like the Page Update. Facebook assigns very little weight to it in the Newsfeed algorithm.
  • COMMENTS – When you comment on a Page Update, Facebook’s Newsfeed gives more weight to comments than likes. 10 TIMES BETTER!
  • SHARES – A share is the brass ring on Facebook. This is huge in terms of exposure, word-of-mouth recommendation, and credibility. Facebook assigns the most weight to shares. 100 TIMES BETTER!

Letter/MP Writing <- Click link for help - Old reason, right actions!

  • Write to your MP
    • BEFORE LAUNCH (Now)
      • Inform of APPG Launch/#EndOurPain #UPA Mike Barnes Medical Report
      • Highlight your own condition/situation
      • Ask for support
      • Ask for Face to Face Meeting
      • AFTER LAUNCH 
        • Highlight launch and all its information/initiatives
        • Highlight your own condition/situation
        • Request support for APPG and #EndOurPain
        • Ask for a statement regarding both/either
        • Ask for Face to Face Meeting
        • Newspapers/Magazines
          • Patient Stories (Pref Public but can be anonymous)
          • Articles (individual or groups?) for publication about the APPG Launch and #EndOurPain 
            • Be supportive, but can suggest that it does not go far enough for you/your group...because.....(GYO, Extracts, Choice/Range, etc.....)
            • "Have your say" sections of newspapers like (Metro, Sun, Mail, Telegraph, etc)
            • Published Articles
              • Share
              • Comment
              • Share your comment

On the day(s)

  • Tweet and post about events/activities 
    • With structure: Hashtags, Memes, Tags, wording
    • Night before launch News at 10 will have a special exclusive segment
    • Launch day will have many activities/media showings etc

Other Activities

  • Help organise UPA UK Tour and Grassroots showings (2 separate events...probably?)
    • Brighton, London, Bristol, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow + any others you would like to suggest
    • Ideas for improving event nights
    • Finding + booking suitable venues
    • Event Admin/Advertising/Leafletting/Posters
    • Recruiting in local area
    • Hosting event in local area
    • Become Regional Admin and recruit local help?
    • Meme Making
      • Ideas for good memes
      • Graphic Design for branded memes (#UPA #APPG #EndOurPain)
      • Video Shorts
        • Short video clips (with branding and subtitles) say 30s on why you choose cannabis for your condition - The more the merrier!
        • Blogging (Need content for brand new website due for launch soon)
          • Writing blogs about almost anything in relation to Cannabis as a Medicine
          • Writing opinion pieces about #UPA #EndOurPain, APPG Launch, Mike Barnes' report, UPA Patient Survey
            • No opinion will be censored but would strongly prefer "supportive" Eg: Brilliant and a great step forward, thanks, blah BUT: Better if, needs that, should be like this because.....etc....
            • Other website content:
              • Guides
                • GYO
                • Care Giver/Community Sharing
                • Extracts
                • Harm Reduction
                • Dosage guide
                • General consumption advice
                • Legal Advice
                • Any other ideas
                • Research for Soundbites from UK based sources
                  • Politicians/Celebrities etc
                  • Search Hansard/TheyWorkForYou

Be a Patient

  • We are always looking for patients willing to speak out publicly and be available for media interviews/events
  • I hate saying this, but it is just TRUE - The more emotional your story, the better. The more debilitating your illness, the better. Wheelchairs/Walking sticks all welcome! The more eloquent you are the better. The more presentable you are, the better - We put patients forward, it is (ALWAYS) the media who select who they want!
  • Particularly looking for:
    • Veterans
    • Medical Professionals
    • Elderly
    • Child
    • Mothers
    • Anyone who can demonstrate "live" the "rapid" impacts of cannabis consumption 
    • Mental Illnesses - Unique Opportunity - Maybe not at launch but v shortly afterwards
      • For the very first time, this campaign will have significant focus on the benefits of cannabis to mental health conditions, especially: PTSD and Anxiety
      • We need willing patients with these or related conditions also with broader/other mental health conditions who get benefit from cannabis to step forwards

There really has been nothing like this happen before. NOW is the time to make a difference. NOW is the time to be heard. NOW is the time to support Cannabis as a Medicine.

Jon Liebling – Political Director of United Patients Alliance

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