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A 'sword in the side of prohibition'

Published: 30 Sep 2012 12:0096 comments

A HEALTH campaigner who uses cannabis to ease the crippling pains of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) found himself on a national stage this week when he starred in a mini-documentary aired on Channel 4.

Life-changing: Multiple Sclerosis sufferer Clark French shows a note from a US doctor authorising the drug for his condition

Clark French from Lower Earley claims his appearance on on Tuesday night will prove a "springboard" in his campaign for the drug to be legalised in Britain for medicinal use.

The 26-year-old from Sutcliffe Avenue, who triggered a fierce debate on the Chronicle's website last month when we exclusively revealed how his campaign was sparked by a three-month trip to California where the drug is available for medicinal use, said after the programme: "It's really exciting. I hope to use this to get my story out there and use it as a springboard for more media attention. My whole Facebook wall has exploded with comments and with people congratulating me.

"It solidifies my belief that I have a valid argument and I plan to be a sword in the side of prohibition."

During the five-minute programme the former Reading University student speaks passionately about how the drug has eased his two year battle with the degenerative disease which previously forced him to use a walking stick. He denies it is a "gateway drug" leading to harder substances and claims its illegal status leaves him at the mercy of "the drug dealers and gangs",

While in California he obtained a prescription for oral capsules containing cannabis oil and after his return home uses a topical cannabis cream which he rubs on his limbs. He also smokes and eats the drug.

He said: "It's an emotional and emotive subject for me. My whole quality of life has improved with it and I shouldn't be denied a medicine that works."

*Clark also founded campaign group The Berkshire Cannabis Community which meets from 7.30pm on Monday, October 29, in Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) in London Street. See

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