Help not Hate - Please DONATE

Help not Hate - Please DONATE

We are completely independent volunteer patients suffering with chronic conditions who have dedicated ourselves to invest what energies and resources we have into advancing legal access to cannabis therapeutics for all patients in the UK in the best way that we know how and we won’t stop until there is #nopatientleftbehind

UPA Team Reshuffle.

UPA Team Reshuffle.

Post our 2018 AGM I am pleased to announce that the UPA admin team new recruits. Several directors will be changing their roles, with the abolishment of the “head admin” role and addition of a number of coordinators joining each team.


Director – Clark French.
Deputy Director – Carly Jayne Barton. 
Political Director – Jonathan Liebling.
Media Director – Faye Jones.
Operations Director – Abby Hughes.
Events Director – Pearse OG. 
Outreach Director – Keiron Reeves.
HR Director - Henry Hobart.

Finance coordinator – Russell-William Foord Cahill-Smith.
Social media coordinator – Sarah Alegra. 
Social Media coordinator – Leo Cameron.
Diversity coordinator – Farhan Hussain.
Disability coordinator – Chris Hobday. 
LGBTQ coordinator – VACANT 
Events coordinator – Conor Pretence. 
Research coordinator - Tasha Miles.
#letusgrow campaign coordinator – Winston Matthews. 
Young person’s coordinator – Chandler Wilson. 
Website coordinator – Nathan Purser.

Regional UPA - 
Northern Irish coordinator – Neil Paine. 
Midlands coordinator – Chandler Wilson.
London coordinator – Bee Bentall.
South Coordinator – Duncan Harvey.
Northern coordinator – Vacant 
Wales coordinator – Vacant 
Scotland coordinator – Vacant

Id like to give a warm welcome to all the new members of the team – we are so pleased you have joined us in our mission to enable all UK citizens to have legal access to Cannabis as a medicine.

A Number of important positions remain Vacant – anyone wishing to join our team should email me on Clark@upalliance.org explaining which role they are applying for with a brief introduction about themselves.

Clark – Founder, United Patients Alliance.

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Channel 4 Media Call - For Medical Cannabis Patients

Channel 4 Media Call - For Medical Cannabis Patients

Set in a Dutch coffeeshop, Drugs Café will invite adults of all ages and backgrounds to take cannabis, some for the first time. We are testing the theory that cannabis could bring about more harmonious human relationships.

ACMD - Consultation on Cannabis-derived medicinal products

ACMD - Consultation on Cannabis-derived medicinal products

In the most part, this is a very encouraging and detailed whilst cautious document containing sensible and well thought through recommendations and we are really pleased that the ACMD have highlighted a number of very important challenges that must be addressed as a matter of urgency

UK Patients Admit to Breaking the Law in Parliament for Medicinal Cannabis.

UK Patients Admit to Breaking the Law in Parliament for Medicinal Cannabis.

This documentary short titled 'All of Us' highlights the need in the UK for medicinal cannabis for the tens of thousands of patients who are illegally accessing their medicine to treat various ailments. This is done through patients first hand stories at an event which took place in parliament and parliament square in London, with interviews from members of the United Patient Alliance.

Educating the Medical Profession - 2018 UPA Survey

Educating the Medical Profession - 2018 UPA Survey

As Political Director of United Patients Alliance, I spend a great deal of time talking to/educating/being ignored or fobbed off by/persuading politicians to support legal access to cannabis as medicine and I say, with confidence, that change is happening and in political terms it’s happening very quickly.

UPA Patients IN Parliament - July 6th 2018

UPA Patients IN Parliament - July 6th 2018

Patients in Parliament was a powerful and moving Event where we heard from UPA Patron and APPG Co-Chair Tonia Antoniazzi, Josh Stanley, the UPA Team and a dozen medical cannabis patients.

Josh Stanley - Charlotte's Web

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Josh Stanley - Charlotte's Web

Josh worked in the medical cannabis industry for over eight years and opened one of the first medical marijuana dispensaries in Denver, Colorado. Also, he formed Colorado’s first medical political action committee, Medical Marijuana Industry Group, drafting the first House Bill 1284.

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UPDATE: Paul Flynn - Patients IN Parliament

UPDATE: Paul Flynn - Patients IN Parliament

As we prepare for our new event in support of our Patron Paul Flynn and to celebrate the birthday of the late Liz Brice, whom Paul named his bill after #ElizabethBriceBill we thought it would be a good idea to give you an update on everything:

Press Conference - Charlotte and Billy Caldwell with Families 4 Access

Press Conference - Charlotte and Billy Caldwell with Families 4 Access

On Tuesday 12th June 2018, 5 patients from United Patients Alliance attended a Press Conference for Charlotte Caldwell who’s fight to bring her son, Billy, age 12 with intractable epilepsy, his effective cannabis medicine into the UK has been so prominent in the media since her story broke on Sunday.

Patients At Parliament Rally - July 6th - All Change

Patients At Parliament Rally - July 6th - All Change

On the advice of our patrons and other supportive MP's and after feedback from the Met Police and with the full support of Paul Flynn we have decided to change the Patients at Parliament demonstration in support of his Elizabeth Brice Bill for Medical Cannabis on July 6th in favour of more constructive actions and initiatives.

After UPA Meeting - MS Society Announces: 'Law on cannabis needs to change'

After UPA Meeting - MS Society Announces: 'Law on cannabis needs to change'

The MS Society initially got in touch with the United Patients Alliance saying that they wanted to re-consider their position on medical cannabis use for MS patients. As someone with direct experience of the benefits cannabis can bring to MS suffers, I jumped at the chance to get round the table with the UKs biggest MS charity, and support them to [find/see] a way forward.

The UK Government’s Hypocrisy on Cannabis as Medicine

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The UK Government’s Hypocrisy on Cannabis as Medicine

Currently in the UK, cannabis in its raw form, which is a comparatively recent amendment in the wording, sits in Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (MODA) which defines it as having no therapeutic benefit and high potential for abuse.

In addition, the two UK politicians, indeed ministers, best placed to reform our failed & archaic cannabis laws, both potentially stand to benefit financially from our booming legal cannabis industry

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It is time to Reschedule Cannabis

It is time to Reschedule Cannabis

The use of cannabis for medicinal purposes is common and the evidence that it is efficacious for several medical conditions is now very strong. It is illogical to continue categorising the drug under Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations. 

Elizabeth Brice Bill - What Happened? What's Next?

Elizabeth Brice Bill - What Happened? What's Next?

Well it was certainly a big disappointment that Paul Flynn's #ElizabethBriceBill didn't even get a reading, however it did get a new date. So what happened? Why did this happen? What's next?

February 23rd Protest Statement

February 23rd Protest Statement

We are and always will be a peaceful organisation that calls on patients to tell their story and to inform and educate both the public and the authorities. We want everyone to feel safe attending our events. We will always strive to defend patients detained whilst medicating on their way to or from the event, or victims of random stop and searches. At last year's Green Pride event (hosted by Brighton Cannabis Club) several individuals were arrested for possession and fined, and we were able to raise the money to pay their fines within a matter of days. We don't believe anyone should be arrested for cannabis possession.

Paul Flynn's Elizabeth Brice Bill - What are the chances?

Paul Flynn's Elizabeth Brice Bill - What are the chances?

So here we are again for the second reading of Paul Flynn's #ElizabethBriceBill for the Legalisation of Cannabis (Medicinal Purposes) Bill 2017-19 on February 23rd 2018.

United Patients Alliance, in collaboration with our Patron, Paul Flynn MP will be hosting Patients at Parliament 2 another protest event to support the bill and, of course, hope that this will bring the same kind of success as the first on October 10th 2017

I spoke at some length with Paul Flynn on Friday and can now update you all on what we can expect

What Does Rescheduling Cannabis Mean?

What Does Rescheduling Cannabis Mean?

Most people will know that controlled drugs fall under difference Classes (A, B or C) in the UK, but what far fewer people are aware of is that drugs are also classified under different Schedules, which restrict their availability, how they are used and whether they can be researched or prescribed. Over the coming weeks, VolteFace will be exploring what impact the impact is of different schedules, and what could be gained from rescheduling drugs.