Former Polegate MP, Norman Baker, has become the first patron of United Patients Alliance.
The former Drugs Minister has joined the charitable organisation, which is campaigning for access to cannabis for medicinal purposes. It launched in 2014 with the help of Brighton Pavilion MP, Caroline Lucas and working towards becoming a registered charity.
Norman Baker said, “I have gladly accepted the offer to become patron of the UPA. They are a well organised and sensible group. I am very clear from my time as drugs minister in the coalition government that for some people, access to cannabis is essential for their health and it is disgraceful that not only are they denied access to vital medicine but prosecuted if they access it themselves. The UPA makes a strong case for a more humane approach and I am delighted to do what I can to support them."
Clark French, Founder and Director of United Patients Alliance said, “United Patients Alliance is delighted to welcome Norman as our first Patron. After our meetings with Norman at his constituency office he took Keiron Reeves and I to the home office to talk about how medical cannabis helps us. Having a former drugs Minister as a part of the UPA is going to strengthen our organisation which in turn will help us to play a bigger part in the inevitable changes to future cannabis laws.”
Jon Liebling, Political Director of United Patients Alliance added, “We look forward to continuing our work with the support of such an influential political figure such as Norman on board and look forward to making more exciting announcements and collaborations over the coming months.”