Cannabis Connecting the Troubled in Northern Ireland | Cannabis News Network

Clark French, the founder of the United Patients Alliance, traveled to Belfast for the first ever held Medical Cannabis Summit in Northern Ireland. A landmark occasion!

His exclusive report for Cannabis News Network shows that cannabis can bring people together in a conflict area.

The conflict in Northern Ireland during the late 20th century is known as the Troubles. Over 3,600 people were killed and thousands more injured.

Over the course of three decades, violence on the streets of Northern Ireland was commonplace.

In 1998 The Good Friday Agreement restored the self-government to Northern Ireland and brought an end to the Troubles.

Clark heard a lot about how cannabis is healing some of the division here and was really interested to find out how cannabis is helping to bring these 2 historically divided communities together.

Like the story of Neil Paine, a former British soldier serving in Northern Ireland in the past. He is using cannabis for his trauma and pains. He is now at ease amongst fellow cannabis patients.
Patient stories and seeing cannabis help people in need runs deep in Northern Ireland.

There is no doubt that people from both communities are seeing the benefits to their friends and family from consuming cannabis.

About Clark French

Clark French is founder and director of the United Patients Alliance, a support and campaigning community for medical cannabis patients in the United Kingdom. Clark was 24 years old when he received his diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 2010. Intense pain, spasms, inability to walk or talk, Clark found his medicine, cannabis.

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How to end prohibition: experiences abroad | Cannabis University | Cannabis Liberation Day 2017

Panel debate inside the Cannabis University at Cannabis Liberation Day 2017: ‘How to end prohibition: experiences abroad’. With Clark French (UK), Robert Veverka (CZ), James Burton (USA), Michael Knodt (DE), Sean Carney (USA). Moderated by Cannabis News Network’s Steven Kompier.

Clark French (United Kingdom)

One of the best known British cannabis activists, co-founder and board member of NORML UK, the Berkshire Cannabis Community and UK Cannabis Social Clubs.

Robert Veverka (Czech Republic)

President of Legalizace.cz, the largest Czech organization for legalization of cannabis and editor in chief of the wonderful Legalizace magazine. In 2013, Robert was a candidate for the Pirate Party in the European Parliament elections.

James Burton (USA)

The story of James Burton reads like a Hollywood script. A Vietnam veteran, who flees the war on drugs to become the main pioneer and first large-scale grower of medicinal cannabis in the Netherlands. After Bedrocan gained a monopoly on producing medical cannabis, Burton’s Stichting Insitute of Medical Marijuana (SIMM) went bankrupt.

Michael Knodt (Germany)

One of Germany’s leading cannabis journalists. Micha was editor in chief of Hanf Journal between 2005 and 2013 and now works for various media. He is the host of Exzessiv.tv and Der Micha.

Sean Carney (USA)

Former Wall Street Journal correspondent in the Czech Republic and currently Director of Business Development EMA at Tilray, one of the biggest players in the international legal cannabis industry.

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Clark French meets Norman Baker: “The truth is out there” | Cannabis News Network

Were it not for Norman Baker, the truth on the UK’s failing drug policy would never have been published. Conservatives tried to sweep it under the carpet, but thanks to Norman, the truth is out there.

For over 43 years, there had been no independent review of drug policy in the UK. Until 2014, when Norman Baker (former Liberal Democrat MP) forced the publication of the “Drugs: international comparators” report.

Clark French, a medicinal cannabis patient from the UK and Director for the United Patients Alliance, sat down with Norman Baker for an interview.

Link to report: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/drugs-international-comparators

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Criminalization of Cannabis: The Human Toll

As long cannabis is still illegal to get access to, many people are hurt because of that illegality.

The international premiere of the documentary; “Grassroots: The Cannabis Revolution” was held in Dublin. For three years film-maker Dale Beaumont-Brown followed his cousin Clark French, a young guy suffering from multiples scleroses. The documentary was first shown in the Norwich (UK) where it immediately has won the Grand Jury award for Best Documentary!

Clark is founder and director of the United Patients Alliance, a support and campaigning community for medical cannabis patients in the United Kingdom.

Their battle, to change the law and allow legal access to cannabis, has been heard. Recently in a major inquiry led by a group of MPs and peers has concluded that cannabis should be legalized for medical purposes.

In Dublin, Clark met Martin Kelly. He also uses cannabis for medicinal purposes to control his epilepsy. Martin is a member of CISTA, Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol. A political party in the United Kingdom proposing a new approach to drug reform.

Because of the poor quality on the illegal drug market, Martin felt something needed to be done. He became skilled in testing and producing the medicine, for himself and to help others.

In march 2015, Martin’s house was raided by twenty-four policeman. Now he faces 3 to 6 years of imprisonment. This means his 6 years old daughter will be taken away from him and being a single parent, he will lose control over her.

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UK Parliament Debates Cannabis

On Monday the 12th of October 2015 a historic debate on cannabis took place in British parliament. Check out this report from Cannabis News Network, by Clark French.

UK Parliament debates cannabis

For the first time in history the British parliament had to discuss whether Britain should legalize the production, sale and use of cannabis. The initiative to debate this matter did not come from the parliament itself. They were more or less forced after nearly a quarter of million signatures were collected by means of an e-petitions system, that is ironically enough owned by the government. Unfortunately only 14 out of a possible 650 MPs took this democratic act serious and attended the parliamentary debate.

Clark French, a medicinal cannabis patient from the UK and Director for the United Patients Alliance, made an exclusive report for Cannabis News Network. The video also includes material that was collated for the feature-length documentary ‘GrassRoots: The Cannabis Revolution’ that will be released in 2016. This news video contains several interviews plus a very emotional speech from French about the insanity of criminalizing patients who are trying to improve their lives, or even cure themselves, with a natural medicine called cannabis.

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