A medicinal cannabis-making workshop will be held in Nimbin on Saturday following ‘thousands’ of enquiries from across Australia.
The workshop will take place in the Nimbin Town Hall and will cover extraction techniques, the latest legislation, nutrition and lifestyle.
The NSW Government last month announced that it would immediately fund three clinical trials on the use of the drug for pain relief, and that under the new guidelines, police will have discretion to not charge terminally-ill cannabis users and their carers.
But with no clear indication about how long those trials are expected to take, many people continue to turn to the Hemp Embassy and other sources for help.
Volunteers have told Echonetdaily that they are fielding calls from across Australia from people desperate to get their hands on tinctures, raw cannabis products, or cannabis oil.
Medicinal cannabis advocate Tony Bower, whose company Mullaways Medical Cannabis has in the past 12 years supplied tincture to more than 150 people, many of them children, has warned that supply remains a real issue.
It’s understood that the medical-cannabis trials could take years before it’s approved for mainstream use.
In the meantime, more and more people are turning to ‘black market’ suppliers, who are already struggling to meet the rising demand.
Mr Bower has warned that unless police stay away from this year’s crop, many people already using cannabis medications would be unable to source their medicine.
Other medical cannabis growers, who have asked to remain anonymous, have called for an amnesty from police helicopter raids until politicians clarify supply issues.
Meanwhile, organisers of the Nimbin workshop said it would endeavour to shed light on the new rules operating in NSW, and how to make an application to be on the Terminal Illness Cannabis Scheme register.
A Medical Cannabis Users Association spokesperson said members remained skeptical about the rate of change proposed by the government.
‘The MCUA endorses the workshop and members will certainly be attending,’ she said.
‘The usual cynicism and speculation abounds among the 3700 plus MCUA members, but they all remain staunch in their collective position to stand in defiance of the law that does more harm to society than good.’
She said ‘health and human rights remain a core focal points for members’.
The free workshop will run from 11am to 3pm in the Nimbin Town Hall.