Green MP for Brighton Pavilion and Co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales:
"I'm delighted to become a patron of UPA. The current ban on personal use of medicinal cannabis flies in the face of robust evidence about the benefits for people enduring chronic pain, the side effects of chemotherapy and other conditions.
“The UK is lagging behind many other nations when it comes to recognising the therapeutic value of cannabis. 24 US states, Canada, Israel and at least 11 European countries already ensure access to cannabis for medical use – yet here in Britain Ministers won’t follow the evidence on the issue, and seem hell bent on continuing to criminalise individuals who simply want some respite from the pain that are suffering.
“Rather than continuing what’s a purely ideological opposition, the Government should act fast to legalise the production and use of medicinal cannabis and do so on the basis of the evidence about what kind of regulatory framework will best work for patients and for society as a whole.”
MP for Cambridgeshire (2010 2015) - President of Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats:
"For decades, we have attempted to control the harms of many drugs by making them illegal. This has not reduced the harms they cause, but increased them by driving the trade underground. In addition, it means that people who could benefit from the medicinal effects of cannabis, for example, cannot do so legally. This is a senseless constraint, and should be changed"
Labour MP for Newport West
"I am delighted to become a Patron of United Patients Alliance. I will do everything I can to help"
Labour MP for Gower
“I have joined United Patients Alliance mainly because one of my best friends has Multiple Sclerosis and I have seen first hand how cannabis helps him. He joined this wonderful organisation looking out for and fighting for patients like my friend and I am delighted to give them my support”
Former Liberal Democrat MP for Lewis and Home Office Drugs Minister
“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."