David Nutt: Cannabis - The Science, Medicine & Law
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Is medical cannabis about to become the norm in the UK? Does it really help people? And what are it's scientific effects on our brain? Join former government Drugs advisor & brain science expert Prof David Nutt - alongside a varied panel of experts - for a fascinating evening on the facts & benefits of medical marijuana.
In the last few weeks, the Home Office has created history by allowing medical cannabis to be prescribed to patients in the UK for the very first time. On the face of it, this is life-changing news for a great number of people who are severely affected by illnesses such as Epilepsy, Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's, Arthritis, Crohn's disease and Chronic pain amongst others, as well as mental health problems such as addiction and depression.
But not all is as it seems yet. Emotions are running high and there is a great deal of excitement. But equally there is frustration, largely influenced by the experience of people who have already entered or tried to enter the assessment process.
There is also a deficiency of understanding amongst the medical profession about what can and can’t be applied for under the new rules. And until cannabis is rescheduled, vital research on potential new cannabis treatments is virtually impossible.
This event, supported by DrugScience, United Patients Alliance and Families 4 Access, will provide a comprehensive overview on where we are with medical cannabis today, what it means for people who need it, and how patients can now enter into the assessment process.
Professor David Nutt is a psychiatrist and the Edmund J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology in the Division of Brain Science, Dept of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London. He is the founding Chair of DrugScience He has published over 400 original research papers, eight government reports on drugs and 31 books, including one for the general public, Drugs: without the hot air In 2010, The Times Eureka science magazine voted him one of the 100 most important figures in British Science. In 2013, he was awarded the John Maddox Prize from Nature/Sense about Science for standing up for science.
Clark French is an MS patient who treats his symptoms with cannabis. Clark has replaced all pharmaceutical drugs saving the NHS up to £30,000 a year. As Founder of the United Patients Alliance, Clark campaigns tirelessly for access to cannabis as a medicine. The United Patients Alliance seeks to advance legal access to cannabis therapeutics in the UK.
Rudi Forston QC is an independent practising Barrister since 1976, and a Visiting Professor of Law at Queen Mary, University of London. He took silk in 2010. Rudi is noted for his work in relation to serious crime, including fraud, confiscation, asset-recovery, money-laundering, drug trafficking and drug law, and has written and lectured extensively on a wide range of issues relating to the criminal law (as it applies in the UK and in the EU). He recently gave evidence to the inquiry carried out by the all-party parliamentary group into new psycho-active substances. He has chambers at 25 Bedford Row, London.
Venue: The Grand, Clapham
Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.
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