NORML UK Multiple Sclerosis Patient Uses Cannabis to Treat Symptoms – Interviewed by Channel 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24.09.12

MS patient Clark French at C4's 4thought studio.

Clark French

CLARK FRENCH, one of the founding members of NORML UK (National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws)[1], will be appearing on Channel’s 4 “4Thought” programme, to discuss his medical use of cannabis.

Mr French is one of thousands of patients who use cannabis to help with their medical conditions. These conditions include multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, and Crohn’s disease. Trials are currently being conducted to determine if cannabis can stop the growth of cancers. [2]

Cannabis has shot up the national agenda in the last few years, as more people and politicians have realised its therapeutic benefits and the harms produced by the black market. A July 2012 YouGov poll for The Sun showed that 45%% supported at least decriminalisation of cannabis, and that 25% of the population do not believe that cannabis is harmful at all. [3]

Approximately 100,000 people in the UK have MS, and many use cannabis as the only solution to their chronic fatigue and pain. Mr French stated that he first realised cannabis could be used to treat symptoms of MS at the age of 9 when he caught his stepfather smoking it:

“He used to medicate with cannabis and was very discreet about it. As a child, I was very anti smoking and used to tell people off. My stepfather used to go out to the garage but it got to the point where he was so ill and wheelchair-bound that I caught him on a few occasions — I asked him what he was doing and he explained very rationally that this wasn’t a ‘normal’ cigarette. He plainly informed me of the benefits that he personally obtained from using this, as he called it, medication, and how his quality of life improved dramatically.”

Sarah McCulloch, Press Officer for NORML UK said: “It is beyond question that cannabis can help, and in some cases treat, medical conditions both severe and mild. It is a travesty that hard-working young guys like Clark find themselves branded criminals for using the medicine they need to live an active life.”

MS patient Clark French at C4's 4thought studio.

Clark French at the 4thought TV studio in Manchester.

 

Clark French is set to appear on Channel 4’s 4Thought – Tuesday 25th September at 7.55pm. Clark is dedicating his appearance to ‘his hero’ and late stepfather, Richard Ramsden.

Notes to the editor:

[1] NORML UK is a national organisation which “seeks to gain recognition for the rights of people to peacefully pursue activities relating to cannabis without unwarranted intervention by the authorities.”

[2] http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page5#Section_TrialSearch_9_sid_5

[3] YouGov/Sun poll July 2012: http://tinyurl.com/yougovsun2012

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