Patient groups are key to a thriving cannabis industry – so support us, say campaigners

Patient groups are key to a thriving cannabis industry – so support us, say campaigners
Cannabis Health News

It’s time the cannabis industry gave advocacy groups the support they deserve, argue campaigners, after all they are the ones driving the sector forward. Representatives from some of the UK and Europe’s leading cannabis advocacy groups have called for more support from those in the industry, highlighting the vital contribution they make to the development of the sector. Speaking on a panel at Cannabis Europa in London on Wednesday 29 June, several leading campaigners said the industry had taken the efforts of patients for granted for too long. In the words of Mary Biles, author and moderator of the event, it is the patients who “forged ahead and created this industry”.  It wasn’t the tireless efforts of CEOs which changed the law in November 2018, opening up a potentially highly profitable market – but also what many saw as an opportunity to make a “quick buck”. It was the mothers and families, whose children were sick, who were full-time carers, surviving on just £62 a week from the government. It was the patients who put themselves at risk to educate others and call for change, despite their own limitations.  Jacqueline Poitras, founder of patient group MAMAKA and chair of the IACM Patient Council, is the campaigner responsible for changing the law in Greece, after fighting for her daughter to access medical cannabis. “Our advocacy organisation started the ball rolling in 2016,” said Poitras. “As in so many other countries, it was the patients who asked the politicians to change in law. What we have done ever since then is fill the role of everybody else who’s not in the value chain at the moment.” Author Mary Biles hosts the Patient Perspectives panel The bridge between patients and industry In the years since the law change, organisations such as Medcan Support…

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