• UPA, one of the UK’s most prominent medicinal cannabis campaign groups, is holding its first Annual General Meet this weekend
  • Members of the public are offered the fantastic opportunity to learn about medicinal cannabis from leading experts in the field
  • Paul Flynn MP and Professor Mike Barnes are among the featured speakers

Medical cannabis campaign group, United Patients Alliance (UPA) are inviting members of the public who support the legalisation of medical cannabis to their first Annual General Meet in Birmingham this weekend.

The protest group, set up to bring the case of British medicinal cannabis users to Parliament, are offering the opportunity to attend a night of speeches from some of the country’s leading experts on medicinal cannabis and the wider industry.

Legendary Labour MP, Paul Flynn, who recently called for medical cannabis patients to engage in civil disobedience by consuming their medicine outside Parliament, will be leading the conference, offering attendees the chance to hear how the case of medical cannabis is progressing through our political system.

Labour’s Tonia Antoniazzi, a long-time supporter of the UPA, will also be talking at the AGM.

Professor Mike Barnes will be leading the discussion on how the science behind cannabis supports the case for legalising the drug on a medical basis. Mike’s background in neurological science, combined with his work with patients, have afforded the neurology professor a wealth of knowledge and experience on medicinal cannabis.

Finishing the impressive line-up of speakers are Dr. Gary Potter, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Lancaster University and Dr. Axel Klein who will be discussing their recently completed research on Cannabis Cultivation in the UK: Cannabis Cultivation Research.

Poster for United Patient's Alliance AGM

Cannabis regulation is important to all people in the UK.
– Clark French, Chairman UPA.

Chairman of the UPA, Clark French,explained to us why the UPA decided to hold their first AGM after forming nearly 3 years ago:

“Cannabis regulation is important to all people in the UK. Patients deserve access as a matter of urgency and we will continue to work towards this goal.

“Patients deserve access as a matter of urgency and we will continue to work towards this goal.”

Political Director of the UPA, Jon Liebling, elaborated on what attendees can expect from the event:

“Attendees can expect the most-up-to-date political, academic and scientific information from some of the UK’s top experts in the field, moving stories from patients who have to fight their chronic illness every day whilst fighting for their most effective medicine.

“The speakers we have managed to secure for our first Medical Cannabis Conference and AGM is a testament to the amazing dedication of patients with chronic illnesses who are United Patients Alliance and to the growing medical, academic and political support for legal access to cannabis therapeutics.

“We are going to have some game-changing announcements to make. You don’t want to miss this.”

Tickets for the AGM start at £15 and can be purchased via the event’s official Eventbrite page.