Families 4 Access (F4A) was established on the 11th June 2018 to draw public and political attention to the plight of parents of sick children who could benefit from access to medicinal cannabis.
Our strategic objective has been to facilitate a public debate on the issue which would leave politicians with no choice but to respond positively. The intent from the outset was achieve our aspiration for all families who needed access to cannabis-derived medicine. By supporting Charlotte Caldwell’s trip to Canada and the F4A campaign that flowed from it, we were able to create unprecedented media coverage for the issue and caused a breakthrough change in policy that was static for over 50 years. From the 1st November medicinal cannabis can be prescribed by specialist doctors in the UK. There are still things to do in regards to the guidelines for those doctors etc, but the door has been open for good.
The video below was shot on the first day of our campaign when Charlotte and Billy arrived at Heathrow, and had their medicine confiscated. Nobody could have predicted what a roller coaster ride it would be. Thanks, Charlotte and Billy! You’ve been heroic.
In 2014, my friend CJ and I took part in the competition, judged by Hugh Grant, to highlight the fight against the third runway at Heathrow, and were among the 15 finalists.
In October 2009 before David Cameron became the Prime Minister, he declared: “The third runway at Heathrow is not going ahead, no ifs, no buts.”
Yet within 30 months of taking power, the mask has fallen…. – he set up a Commission to look again at the question of a new runway. Business lobby is more powerful than the residents who would be affected by the noise and air pollution from the expansion… Foreign-owned Heathrow monopoly protecting its income from landing fees is the reason why thousands of homes may be demolished. Thousands more will be suffering from air pollution and unbearable airplane noise. Hope David Cameron and other political leaders start listening before it’s too late…. Heathrow expansion must be stopped. No Ifs, No Buts.
Producers: CJ December & Marina Kim
Camera: This is Citizen & Chris Acton