Cannabis the hot topic of conversation at Nimbin

THE controversial issue of medicinal cannabis will be the hot topic of discussion today at the second seminar organised by the Nimbin Hemp Embassy.

In response to the overwhelming interest in the use of medicinal cannabis, Nimbin Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said some of Australia's pre-eminent experts will speak at Nimbin Town Hall from 11am.

Guest speakers include Dr Andrew Katelaris, an advocate for the use of cannabis in all its forms, Dr Graham Irvine who completed a PhD on the "Legalisation of Medicinal Cannabis in NSW" and was the first Australian to import Sativex cannabis spray, and Bruce Cox, a long term medicine maker.

Gail Hester founded the Medical Cannabis Users Association of Australia MCUA eight months ago when the story of Tamworth's Haslam families fight to use medicinal cannabis for bowel cancer pain relief broke.

The MCUA now boasts more than 4600 members who lobby governments with the aim of being heard about the truth and benefits of the legalisation of cannabis issue.

"MCUA members are mostly rejects from our health system with terminal, chronic, rare and baffling illnesses," she said.

"Many have experienced significant improvement in their quality of life by using cannabis - but at big risk to their legal health.

"Word is well and truly out there and the people will be sending a loud message that making legal access to therapeutic cannabis is a big issue in the NSW election - not just with 'terminal' voters.

"Our Queensland MCUA mums ran a strong and determined campaign to bring medical cannabis to the table in Queensland and I am extremely proud of there tenacity, courage and achievement in what amounts to a police state."

Mr Balderstone said momentum was building with most state governments having the issue of medicinal cannabis on their agenda.

"The immediate problems with supply are yet to be addressed, while the Federal Government seems content to see how the NSW endeavours progress," he said.

After studying proposals from NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, Hemp Party secretary Andrew Kavasilas will speak about their limits.

"It's especially disheartening for NSW taxpayers who already paid for a bunch of medical cannabis inquiries under the Carr government," he said.

What's on

Medicinal cannabis seminar program:

11am Welcome to Country Aunty Vivienne Lawrie-King

11.10am Andrew Kavasilas

11.40am Dr Graham Irvine

Noon Dr Andrew Katelaris

1.30-2pm Break

2pm Kilgore Trout

2.30pm Bruce Cox

2.50pm Ash Palise

3.10pm Lyn Dufty

3.30pm Radic Al

4pm David and Deisha Stevens

4.20pm Max Stone Mr Big Joint Birthday Celebrations



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