Got a question about what it would take to bring legal medical cannabis to the United Kingdom? We want to hear it!
This Wednesday (tomorrow, June 27), NME will host a symposium on medical marijuana legalisation in Westminster, London to be broadcast here on NME.com. We’ll be joined by experts, musicians and politicians to discuss the benefits of cannabis-based medicine and how we can change the law the make it available to British citizens.
First on our panel is Damian Marley. The legendary reggae artist is also a longtime advocate for the medical benefits of marijuana. In 2016, Marley bought a former prison in California – the Claremont Custody Centre – to turn it into a farm producing cannabis oils, extracts and other products for medicinal use. The video for his recent single ‘Medication’, which features his brother Stephen Marley, was shot in the former prison and stars former inmates and includes testimonials from people who’ve been helped by the plant. They include US Marine Crops Sergeant Sean Major, who uses cannabis for brain trauma and PTSD.
Representing the political establishment is Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat MP from North Norfolk who has recently called on Theresa May to legalise cannabis – particularly in the wake of recent news stories about how children like Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell, who suffer from seizures, could benefit from using cannabis-based medicine.
Also on our panel will be Professor Green, the UK hip-hop star turned film-maker who last year produced a documentary asking Is It Time To Legalise Weed?
We’ll also be joined by Dr Frank D’Ambrosio – one of the USA’s leading voices for medicinal cannabis policy reform who has seen how successful medical marijuana has been over there.
And completing the panel is Kate Rothwell, who started this Change.org petition calling for the legalisation of cannabis oil for medical use in the UK, and for it to be available on the NHS. Kate was inspired by the experience of her 11-year-0ld cousin, Oliver, who has severe epilepsy that is alleviated by cannabis oil – his seizures dropped from up to 20 a day to just a couple. Due to current legislation, doctors have informed Oliver’s family that they will no longer be able to monitor his NHS medication if he continues to use cannabis oil.
As well as discussing each of the panelist’s expertise in this area, we’re also keen to answer questions from you, the NME audience. If there’s anything you’ve ever wanted to know about medical cannabis but been afraid to ask, now’s your chance. Send your questions for our panel to firstname.lastname@example.org and tune in to NME.com on Wednesday afternoon to see selected questions answered.