UPA In the Media
On Tuesday conservative MP Crispin Blunt revealed plans for his colleague Dr Dan Poulter to head an All Party Parliamentary Group on medicinal cannabis. By Thursday morning he had signed up fellow Conservative Andrew Murrison, Labour’s Paul Williams, and Philippa Whitford of the SNP – totalling four of the commons’ nine medical doctors.
Jonathan Liebling of the United Kingdom has been battling with depression and suicidal thoughts most of his adult life. He has effectively dealt with his psychological and physical issues through the use of cannabis. However, he lives in a country where cannabis is illegal. Listen to his compelling story.
A British soldier who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles said he is now being treated as a criminal because he uses cannabis to cope with the post traumatic stress of his time spent in the Province.
Baroness Molly Meacher, the chairperson to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform, plans a media campaign following her parliamentary inquiry which heard from patients who use cannabis for medical use, it has been revealed.
“It’s inevitable that we will have cannabis as a medicine”
Cannabis is a substance many associate with negative connotations. The illegal and criminal aspects such as the selling of the drug on the streets and the stereotypical view that people only smoke or consume it to get high dominate the understanding of cannabis for many.
On Tuesday, a group of around 30 patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn's, Parkinson's, Rheumatoid Arthritis, chronic and neuropathic pain, anxiety and other conditions gathered outside parliament and broke the law.
MPs and activists gathered outside Parliament for a “cannabis tea party” demanding the legalisation of the drug for medicinal purposes.
Organised by the United Patients Alliance, [...] the Labour MPs Paul Flynn and Tonia Antoniazzi appeared alongside the Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran.
This week’s Eye on Wales looks at the growing campaign to rehabilitate cannabis from a drug on the wrong side of the law to a medication sitting on our pharmacy shelves.
Presenter Kayley Thomas [...] meets a Multiple Sclerosis sufferer who uses the plant in its raw form for pain relief...
That this House believes that it is the duty of the good citizen to challenge laws that oppress the sick and the powerless and deny them their medicine of choice; congratulates the United Patients Alliance for the act of mass civil disobedience in challenging the discredited, cruel and unenforceable law that criminalises thousands of seriously ill patients for using natural cannabis...
Cannabis should be legalised for medical use, a cross-party group of MPs has said, but there are thousands of people already consiming the Class B drug for this purpose.
With Ann Elk (Faye Jones) and Political Director, Jon Liebling of United Patients Alliance
Ed Miliband faces an audience of over 100 voters aged 16 to 34 for an unscripted hour of tough and uncensored questions.
This is an extract of the BBC Three programme, Free Speech (Series 4; Episode 1) where Faye Jones of United Patients Alliance questions Ed on his views on an evidence based cannabis policy.
Waking up in hospital is always disorientating. You feel the hard, scratchy bedclothes and hear the peculiar sounds of machines and other patients.
Our Social Media Coordinator Chris Reilly talking about cannabis and Multiple Sclerosis on BBC 5 Live on Wednesday 3rd May
Should patients be prosecuted for using cannabis oil to ease chronic pain? Some say it has transformed their lives but doctors are divided over the drug's medicinal uses - Faye Jones tells her story about Cannabis and Arthritis
The 40th ECDD was a specially convened session dedicated to carrying out pre-reviews of cannabis and cannabis-related substances:
A bunch of tips for writing and communicating effectively with your MP
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.
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.
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)
United Patients Alliance - Annual general meeting - 30th September, Birmingham.
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
UPA medical Cannabis patients meet with Lloyd Russell Moyle Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown.
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:
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.
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).
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.
United Patients Alliance are aware that there are thousands of people in the UK who feel that supplementing their intake of cannabinoids, especially with maximised proportions of CBD is beneficial for their health and well-being.
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.
The UK Home Office respond to the APPG Inquiry Report - Badly
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Our Political Director meets and discusses Cannabis and Mental Health together with CBD and the MHRA
The United Patients Alliance Press Release on the All Party Parliamentary Group report on medical cannabis.
The United Patients Alliance and #EndOurPain join the All Party Parliamentary Group delivering report on medical cannabis to Number 10
HelpNotHarm launches in the Republic of Ireland
What did UPA's Political Director get up to in 2015
A little fact checking, after the recent Parliamentary Debate
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