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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.
Since being launched in 2014 with the help of Caroline Lucas MP, United Patients Alliance have always been a charitable organisation and have worked hard to make allies and supporters within political spheres. Now on our journey to becoming a registered charity we are proud and honoured to announce former UK Government Drugs Minister and LibDem MP for Lewes, Norman Baker as our first Patron:
“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."
LibDem Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes, Kelly-Marie Blundell is very supportive:
"As a long time campaigner for access to cannabis for medicinal purposes, I'm pleased to see the United Patients Alliance go from strength to strength, and I hope with Norman Baker on board as well, we can see more action."
Clark French, Founder and Director of United Patients Alliance
“United Patients Alliance is delighted to welcome Norman as our first Patron. After our meetings with Norman at his constituency office he took Keiron Reeves and I to the home office to talk about how medical cannabis helps us. Having a former drugs Minister as a part of of the UPA is going to strengthen our organisation which in turn will help us to play a bigger part in the inevitable changes to future cannabis laws.”
Jon Liebling, Political Director of United Patients Alliance
“We look forward to continuing our work with the support of such an influential political figure such as Norman on board and look forward to making more exciting announcements and collaborations over the coming months.”
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
Do you want to help UPA advance legal access to cannabis therapeutics for UK patients?
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