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.
Those of you who have read my previous blogs for Sensi Seeds will know that I have written about Michelle X before. Back in 2013 Michelle contacted me after she had been raided for growing her own medicine to treat her debilitating MS.
Victim of a slur campaign
Michelle 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. They ignored the US Patent on Cannabinoids as Neuroprotectants, ignored the fact that Michelle was one of the original Sativex trial patients and ignored the fact that her health care professionals support her choice of consuming medical cannabis. Instead, they decided for a despicable & sickening portrayal of Michelle as a benefit hand-out scrounger.
Over the course of two years Michelle has become one of the most active cannabis campaigners in the UK. Her strength of character and sheer grit style of determination is admired by many activist’s across the country. Our paths have crossed on many occasions through Action4MS, The UKCSC, NORML UK and of course the United Patients Alliance. Michelle has become a close friend over the last few years of campaigning and has made a big impact on my life. I would not wish MS on anyone of course but to know that you are not alone and that people have gone through the same things as you and actually understand how you feel is a big part of coming to terms with any diagnosis.
An inspiration to many
Seeing Michelle battle the same illness with so much strength and determination continues to inspire myself and many others into action. The media could not have gotten Michelle more wrong, not often will you find such a genuine person. Of course Michelle, like many with MS, has mental health problems and can sometimes be prone to anger (which I myself know all too well) but she is not a bad person by any means. In fact, quite the opposite is true. From my experience of spending time around Michelle, her family and her partner I can tell you that she is an extremely caring parent, partner and grandmother. She’s the kind of woman who would go out of her way for her family and friends, no matter what.
The fact that Michelle is my friend shouldn’t really make a difference in this issue, because when you really look into it this happens to people all over the world, every single day of the year. People have their lives destroyed and their medicine taken from them. Some people have their pets killed by law enforcement. Some even get shot and killed during the raids. And of course there are those countries which will execute anyone they find growing cannabis.
The world is not at peace. The simple possession of a healing herb that has been used for thousands of years by human beings is used as a justification for some of the worst and most atrocious acts of violence and destruction that human beings inflict upon each other.
The future is uncertain
In 2013, Michelle had been arrested for cannabis cultivation for which she received a caution. Now, Michelle is determined to take her case to crown court, a prospect which frankly worries me. MS is a constant battle and the stress linked to taking this step is the last thing she needs.
Hats off to Michelle, she deserves a medal for her forthright determination on this issue. She intends to shine a light on the law and is literally willing to put her own life on the line for the greater good of every British citizen.
I worry even more as people like Biz Ivol – legendary cannabis activist who’s shoulders people like myself and Michelle stand on – didn’t do too well with a case. Some would go as far as to say that continued court cases were what killed her.
It takes a true heroin to stand up and says no despite the risks to their health. Michelle really needs the support of the cannabis community in this fight.
This is a call to arms
We must unite and protest against a law which seeks to put a sick woman who saves the NHS over £30.000 a year in prison.
We must stand up to unjust laws.
We must do all we can to make sure that future generations of people no longer have to face the same oppression as we do today.
This madness will end; let’s hope it does so sooner rather than later.
ACQUIT MICHELLE X
Clark is a MS patient & the director of the United Patients Alliance.