The Crowdfunding Campaign to Help Medical Cannabis Users

“What if you had a serious disease that prevented you from living a normal life? Conventional medicines may not always work. What if there was an affordable natural medicine that could help, but there was no reliable source of information about this medicine or national laws would not allow you to use it?”

Sound familiar? This is the question being posed by the charity ‘Medical Cannabis Declaration,’ who are trying to offer hope to people in that situation by saying “Yes to cannabis as medicine!”

They have launched a crowdfunding campaign aiming to “increase awareness of the benefits of medical cannabis by making decades of research freely available,” and, with some of the money raised, will be launching “a multi-lingual global information campaign on medical cannabis in multiple languages targeted at medical professionals, policy makers and patients, alike.”

This campaign marks a departure from the charity’s previous campaigning, which as their name suggests has focussed on the Medical Cannabis Declaration. This is a statement, written in the distinct style of international diplomacy, which asserts that:

“According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the  United Nations in 1948:

“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”  (Article 3).

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and  the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control” (Article 25, Paragraph 1).

Whereas this Declaration applies to everyone and all people, whereas many doctors are banned by legal requirements from treating their patients with cannabis-based medicines and whereas many people cannot afford access to cannabis-based drugs we thus declare that:

  1. Every medical doctor has the right to treat his or her patients with cannabinoids and cannabis products according to the rules of  good medical care.

 2. Every patient has the right to access cannabis and cannabinoids for medical treatment supervised by a medical doctor, regardless of social status, standard of living or financial means.

This declaration has been around for three years now, and has been signed by over 4,500 people, but it’s not likely to make much real-world impact. It’s not even the only such declaration out there, and has seemingly been usurped by the more recent Prague Resolution of the International Medical Cannabis Patients Coalition.

So it’s good to see that they’re trying something new, because this crowdfunding campaign could genuinely help people if it’s done right. By taking a step down from the high-level, UN-esque policy talk, and focussing on a campaign that gets real, reliable information into the hands of the people who need it, they will be stepping from the abstract back into reality. If the UNGASS experience has taught us anything, it should be that change has to start locally, with real action. It won’t come from above.

The campaign kicked off just over two weeks ago and has already raised around 10% of its target, but if it is going to hit that target by the June 18th deadline they’ll need a lot more help. Their hashtag – #YesToMedicalCannabis – is slowly picking up steam on Twitter, and the more people that add it to their tweets, and share articles like this one, the more attention they will get. You can also get involved in the discussion on their Facebook page, or contact them by email if you’d like to help the campaign in some way – be it by donating time, money, or skills/expertise.

Deej Sullivan
Deej Sullivan is a writer and activist from the UK. He regularly writes on drug policy and politics for NORML UK, the UKCSCs, London Real, Politics.co.uk and his own blog, www.thedomesticextremist.co.uk

 

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