UPA Weekly Snapshot
Tuesday 18th June 2019

Dear Supporters

We would like to extend our thanks for all of your support. United Patients Alliance have so much going on at the moment, it seems only right to share a Weekly Snapshot with you all, of what UPA have been up to for the past week, and what is planned for the upcoming week.

If you have any ideas for things you feel we should be including, please do let us know!


The past week or so:

Drug Activist Training

Last Friday, Abby and Leila finally had the pleasure of meeting Lucy, as the three attended the first Drugs Policy Activist Training workshop hosted by Transform, Support! Don’t Punish, and Health Poverty Action in London. It was interesting to learn strategies from the points of view of other organisations, and certainly a lot of information was taken away. UPA have agreed to help deliver future sessions, dates of which are to be confirmed.


Clark Drug Science London

Our Founder Clark was invited as a Speaker to two Drug Science Medical Cannabis Seminars, in London on Tuesday, and in Birmingham on Wednesday. Other speakers included Drug Science Founder and Committee Chair Professor David Nutt, Co-Founder and Medical Director at Trade Union Wellness Dr Christopher Blue, and Nephrologist and Medical Cannabis Expert at Sakura Medical Centre Dr Kishan Mahabir. The audiences were mainly made up of doctors and nurses, with a handful of patients.


We are pleased to report that Drug Science have asked UPA to partner with them to represent the patient voice in their Medical Cannabis Working Group, compromising also of academics and industry members. Clark will be attending the first group meeting on Wednesday 19th London.


Last week saw a much-needed productive strategy day for UPA. Decisions have been made on how we move forward with management of outreach, finance, communication, and other aspects of the organisation. In line with this, the need for a restructure was identified, the details of which have now been agreed upon, seeing the Directors moved to a Senior Leadership model as follows:

Clark French: Founder and CEO

Leila Simpson: Deputy CEO

Abby Hughes: Head of Outreach

Carly Barton: Head of Creative Ops

We are very grateful to our support team, who continue to spend their time assisting tirelessly with UPA. There are many exciting opportunities in the pipeline, and with that our team is growing!

Our Become a Volunteer webpage has been updated, and we encourage anyone interested in working with UPA to complete the form. Please do get in touch if you have any questions.


As well as 20+ proposals from our own team, we have assessed a list of 30+ proposals for new activities the UPA can undertake sent in by you, our supporters. We are excited to share details with you in the next few weeks, of what we have decided to focus on, and hope that you are keen to get involved in our upcoming projects.


The next week or so:

Tonight, Carly, Clark, and Kieron will be sharing their experience on how the UK's current medical cannabis legislation is impacting patients, at this month’s Sativa Network in Brighton.


Health Poverty Action are running an exciting event on Drugs, Workers, and Global Justice tonight. A panel of incredible speakers envision what legal regulation of the drugs trade, centring worker rights, racial justice, feminism, trade justice and environmental protection, could look like.


Clark and Leila will be representing UPA at the first Medical Cannabis Working Group in collaboration with Drug Science.


A massive thanks to our very own Team Pride; we have wristbands available for our volunteers, supporters, friends, and family, to march with UPA as we support the Pride in London parade on Saturday 6th July.

Please let us know if you’d like to march with us!


We hope you all have a great week, and remember to stay medicated!

Much love,

Abby, Carly, Clark, and Leila,
UPA Senior Leadership Team

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