Those of you who have read my previous blogs for Sensi Seeds will know that I have written about Michelle X before. She has recently had a new wave of attention after TV broadcaster Channel 5 portrayed her as a benefit scrounger – completely ignoring the basic facts of how cannabis has been scientifically proven to help with MS.
As many of you will probably have read, my new organisation - the United Patients Alliance (UPA) - has a rather important and vocal supporter in the shape of former drugs minister Norman Baker MP. Norman spoke at a UPA event on the 12th of December and has been influential in making sure that the issue of medical cannabis is taken seriously. In doing so, he has also raised the profile of both cannabis as a medicine and the United Patients Alliance.
I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in August 2010, it hit me fairly hard and after a succession of severe relapses that showed up on the MRI scanner as lesions in my brain, I was accurately diagnosed.
Recent years have seen a large increase in public protesting in the UK as a result of a global trend of protesting cannabis prohibition. People want to come together to raise awareness and, most importantly, make their voices heard. Some believe that public protests can be counterproductive and bring a bad reputation to the activists who take part. I think that these critics are wrong and in this article I'm going to explain exactly why public protests are an essential part of the campaign to end cannabis prohibition, as well as the role that protests have played throughout human history as a means of making change.
The cannabis campaign in the UK is really hitting the mainstream, it’s great to see that many activists are getting more of a chance to have their voices heard in national media. The cat is out of the bag and there is much more discussion about sensible cannabis policy. This has undoubtedly been helped by legalisation efforts in Colorado, Washington and Uruguay. It seems it is a topic which is not going to go away any time soon and is receiving more and more media attention.
Michelle, 46, from Abingdon in Oxfordshire, has been using cannabis to treat her MS since she found it helped her have a better quality of life. Speaking to The Sun newspaper earlier this year (13/11/2013), Michelle said “I started to try cannabis first thing in the morning when the pain was the worst. It was unbelievable. I didn’t seize up or get any agonising, shooting spasms or shakes and I felt so much more relaxed”.
Hello! My name is Clark French and I am a Cannabis Activist from the United Kingdom. I am a founding member of NORML UK and sit on the board for the United Kingdom Cannabis Social Clubs, where I represent all the clubs in the South of England region, including my own – the Berkshire Cannabis Community (BCC).