By Deej Sullivan
NORML UK and The London Cannabis Club are kicking off a busy spring schedule with a talk from Clark French and Jason Reed at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London on Sunday 9th March at 5.00 pm. As a warm up to the large-scale public protests planned over the next few months (Hyde Park 4/20, Cardiff Million Marijuana March etc.,) this event should act as an opportunity to learn more about what is going on in the world of activism away from the headline-grabbing events.
Clark French is NORML UK’s Medical Campaign Director and a Multiple Sclerosis patient. As a passionate and compelling advocate for our cause Clark has helped to bring the issue of medical cannabis use into the wider public arena through appearances on major news outlets such as Sky and the BBC. This event will be one of a series of talks given by Clark this year in which he will discuss his experience of being diagnosed with MS, his use of cannabis as a treatment for the symptoms he experiences and what inspired him to become an activist; as well as providing an insight into the overall political situation in the UK for cannabis users and activists.
Jason Reed is the Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition UK (LEAP UK), a group made up of current and ex-law enforcement personnel who are calling for an end to the war on drugs. LEAP have recently been recognised by the United Nations, meaning that they are now an official consultant to the UN, something which has taken 10 years of hard work to achieve and is a very exciting development. Jason will talk about how he has been working with the police to show that prohibition is not the answer to drug use, as well as his work as Associate Producer on the highly anticipated documentary The Culture High; the follow up to the critically acclaimed The Union: The Business Behind Getting High.
This will no doubt be a fascinating and informative talk covering many areas – from the medicinal uses of the cannabis plant to how we as individuals can work to further our cause. We look forward to seeing as many people as possible at the event; tickets are FREE, so if you’re in London with little to do on a Sunday evening why not pop along? Maybe even bring along a friend or family member who is yet to be convinced that legalisation and regulation are the way forward. I can guarantee that after hearing these two highly informed and intelligent people put forward the case for change, they will at the very least go away with something new to think about. And that, after all, is the aim of the game.