In addition to the highlights from 2018 there were so many more things we took part in throughout the year:
Check out all the media appearances from 2018 that we could remember right here on our You Tube Channel
February started with a meeting with the Lancashire Safeguarding Children’s Board which we arranged together with a team from Medical Marijuana Genetics after they announced a rather troubling briefing about the risks of cannabis use. This actually turned out great and in reality, the troubling parts turned out to be far more to do with the way the story had been written in the media: UPA and MMGenetics meet with Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board
Myself, Sarah and Henry visited Medipen Labs next, building on our relationships with CBD companies and learning all about the clinical research that they have invested in. Their progress in furthering our understanding of CBD and other cannabinoids in the treatment of cancer was a pleasure to see.
We have been working with the MS Society over the last few years, helping them on their journey to a better understanding of how Multiple Sclerosis patients benefit from cannabis and in Aprill this work paid off as they became the very first UK Charity to come out and publicly support changes to existing policy. As a charity, their license depends on them acting and being see to act in line with the law, hence our need to keep this collaboration rather quiet and we really must thank them for taking the risk of stepping forwards for their medical cannabis patients.
We had UPA Founder and MS Patient Clark French on Sky News and BBC RADIO WM and our Political Director, Jon Liebling on Sky News too, all the way from his holiday in Thailand and deputy director, Carly Jayne Barton, was on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey
On 25th March, our Founder, Clark French gave a rousing and popular talk at Vegfest
On July 24th together with Families 4 Access, we hosted the UKs first Medical Cannabis Masterclass given by Columbia Care and the awesome Dr. Rosemary Mazenet who has now joined The Centre Form Medicinal Cannabis’ Council of Clinicians
Also, the work we had been doing with the MS Society paid off as they publicly announced their support for Medical Cannabis and, or course, our founder and MS Patient, Clark French was on hand for a couple of great media appearances on Sky News and BBC’s Victoria Live:
On the 21st August Clark also gave an entertaining and rousing talk along with Professor David Nutt at the Funzing Talks event: Cannabis - The Science, Medicine & Law whilst UPA Director Abby Hughes had a super appearance talking about medical cannabis on LBC
One of our admin team, Chandler Wilson, who first appeared on Notts Tv did us ALL proud by becoming the first Trans person in a wheelchair to address the House of Common to talk about how cannabis helped them with their Tourettes
On December 1st we had the opportunity to collaborate the awesome Yes To Life Charity where Jon Liebling presented the UPA Patient Survey
We also Produced:
Many helpful help articles along with critical data for medical professionals and policy makers on how and why cannabis is being consumed by patients in the UK, including:
Everything we achieved in 2018 was with no funding whatsoever, utilising only the money we managed to raise through event ticket sales and a few very kind donations. Just imagine what we could achieve with more funding?