Write To Your MP
Our Patron Paul Flynn MP has not only gone and got his ten minute rule bill proposal accepted, but did it unanimously and a date is set for the Second Reading on Friday 23rd February - Official Hansard Entry
UPDATE 13/10/2017 - PLEASE ACTION ASAP
PLEASE Write to your MP - right now and ask them to support Paul Flynn's Early Day Motion EDM 372
Add it to your email/letter to your MP to ask them to support Paul's Legalisation of Cannabis for Medical Purposes Bill - The "Elizabeth Brice Bill" on Friday February 23rd.
Paul said this - you may use his words and/or your own:
"Please consider supporting my bill that will end the anxiety of the threat of prosecution from seriously ill patients taking their medicine of choice.
A simple change will restore the law to what is was before 1973. The bill is sponsored by members of all parties, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, The United Patients Alliance and 2 Police & Crime Commissioners.
A jury asked a judge if they could ignore the law and release an MS sufferer charged with using an illegal drug. The Judge firmly ruled that only Parliament determined the law. The ball is in our court. On Tuesday we can change an unjust law and help tens of thousands of patients who are enduring the torments of MS and other serious illnesses"
So NOW is the time to contact your MP making it very clear that you would like them to attend and support Paul Flynn's Elizabeth Brice Bill Second Reading on February 23rd 2018 in the House of Commons.
You can remind them to the next demonstration - maybe drop them a little link abiout the last one
Do tell them about the "solidarity" protest taking place outside the Stormont Assembly in which has been organised brilliantly in incredible time by our new team in Northern Ireland.
The very best way to get a good response out of your MP is to arrange to meet them at their constituency surgery to explain things in person. Saying “NO” by email is much easier than saying it to a medical cannabis patient sat right in front of them. However - Time is short on this so better get your "request" said in the first letter/email!
- Find out who your MP is by entering your postcode on this website
- Find out your MP’s email address by looking their name up here
- Google your MP’s name to find their personal websites and more contact details.
- Write a letter to your MP at: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
You must include your full postal address and postcode to show that you are a constituent. Without it, they have no obligation to address or respond to it.
Without this your email or letter will be ignored.
An email or a letter is fine, both is even better and a follow up phone call to their office can be very effective in getting a response.
Write in your own words! Parliamentary email systems can identify and delete “Template Emails” to address campaigns by petitioning groups that have inundated MPs with such correspondence.
Keep your letter fairly brief. Limited to 3 or 4 paragraphs and a single page is best. Something that doesn't take a long time for them to read.
A good format for your correspondence is:
Paragraph 1: Why you are writing? What do you want from your MP?
- I am a medical cannabis patient who has suffered from (condition) or I am a recreational consumer who feels that etc.....
- What do you expect in return - I want you to attend the reading of Paul Flynn's Medical Cannabis bill! I want you to read, consider and respond to the APPG report and Mike Barnes' report. I want you to tell me your position on this subject. I want to arrange an appointment to see you. I want you to attend the reading of Paul Flynn's Medical Cannabis bill and vote to support it on my behalf as your constituent. Be clear!
Paragraph 2: Details of condition/consumption/why you believe cannabis should be legalised? It does not have to be every angle or every reason. The ones that mean the most to you will do.
Paragraph 3: I appreciate you taking the time to read this. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you. Grovel (not really)
What do I Write About?
Use your own words; choose from these points if that helps:
- Mike Barnes' report is the most up to date and authoritative report for evidence of cannabis' efficacy for many conditions
- Cannabis should be removed from Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs act to removed blockers to further research and allow doctors to discuss the subject freely with patients
- Legal regulation of cannabis will move the £6bn per year market out of the hands of the criminals, reducing under age consumption and resulting in better quality and known strengths, less prevalence of high-THC/low CBD strains which are a response to the illegal market.
- The potential benefits of taxation of cannabis would allow us to invest millions more in schools, hospitals, drug abuse treatment and re-education
- Legalising would reduce police costs and time so they can concentrate on more serious and violent crime, whilst improving relationships with the public
- It removes the risks relating to dealing with the criminal market for patients in accessing their medicine
- Provide patients with much needed medicine that is effective and safe
- It would save the NHS millions of pounds as people would chose cannabis over other more expensive and less effective pharmaceutical medications. An average Multiple Sclerosis Patient costs £30k per year unless they choose cannabis. In US states where available there is 16%-25% take up. With 100k MS sufferers in the UK, that is a minimum of £480m per year, for just MS.
- Opiate abuse and overdose has reduced by an average of 25% and Alcohol abuse and overdose by 15% in places where regulated cannabis is available as an alternative.
- Allows for more research in more places without the 2 year lead time and additional costs of around £160k per year for licences and materials and would encourage competition by breaking GW Pharmaceutical's UK monopoly
- It would directly and immediately reduce the numbers of trafficked children forced to work on illegal cannabis grows in the UK
- It's my Human Right
You can link to the following pieces of evidence in your email or letter or add your own but no more than 3 or 4 excellent links.
- Download APPG Reports here: APPG Cannabis as Medicine Inquiry
- Cannabis is 114 times safer than alcohol:
- No link between adolescent cannabis use and later health problems:
- Cannabis does NOT cause schizophrenia and can actually help:
- Cannabis Claims NOT supported by Evidence
- How to Regulate Cannabis:
- Medical Cannabis – The Evidence:
Please give United Patients Alliance a mention.
Lastly, please send ALL responses - no matter how good or bad to firstname.lastname@example.org
GOOD LUCK! Let us know how you get on.
Jon Liebling – Political Director of United Patients Alliance
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