By Chris Bovey.
NORML UK founding member, Clark French, appeared on national television on Channel 4’s 4thought.tv, which was aired on Tuesday 25th September 2012.
The short interview lasting just under 2 minutes received a fantastic response, with a large number of people leaving positive comments on the programme’s web site. The production company who made the film had such positive feedback they contacted Clark the following day with a view to making a full feature length documentary about Clark’s story, which would be aired either on the BBC or Channel 4.
The publicity has also earned Clark an invitation to take part in a 20 minute debate on national BBC television called Sunday Morning Live to talk about medicinal cannabis that he uses to treat and alleviate the symptoms of his condition, Multiple Scleroses.
The programme is due to be broadcast at 10.00 am on BBC1 on Sunday 30th September 2012.
This is not this the only media attention Clark has gained, as a result of his appearance on Channel 4 he has been invited to speak on his local radio station, Reading 107 and his local newspaper, the Reading Chronicle, also reported on the story.
Clark is hoping to capitalise as much as possible from his national media coverage.
Clark French said: “I’m really pleased with my appearance on national TV, I hope that it can inspire other people with serious medical conditions to stand up for themselves and bring attention to the issue of medicinal cannabis in the UK.”
Allen St Pierre, Executive Director of NORML (National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws) in the USA congratulated Clark French on his appearance commenting that “the piece was very well done for mainstream media!”
“Undoubtedly, one of the major reasons for the mainstream media in the US covering cannabis more and more, is that they can see that in effect it ‘pays’ for them to cover the topic,” said Mr St Pierre.