Well-known Nimbin identity and campaigner for the decriminalisation of marijuana, Michael Balderstone, will go head to head in debate with a school drug-awareness educator in a special TV program to be broadcast tonight.
The SBS One Living with the Enemy series at 8.30pm features Mr Balderstone and educator Kerryn, a former drug user, debating the pros and cons of legalising cannabis.
The SBS program blurb says Mr Balderstone is ‘Australia’s biggest public advocate for smoking marijuana, ‘ambassador for life at Nimbin’s Hemp Embassy, co-creator of Australia’s annual celebration of all things cannabis, Mardi Grass, a foundation member of the Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) political party, and a man who has smoked his own body weight in marijuana over the course of his lifetime’.
Kerryn, a published author on the topic, ‘believes marijuana is the potential gateway to a lifetime of addiction and ruin’ while ‘Michael introduces her to maverick marijuana growers, to people who smoke it recreationally, and epileptics who use it medicinally’.
Kerryn, according to the blurb, ‘introduces him to doctors who have proved its negative effect on the brain and parents who have lost children and family members to the drug’.
A Twitter conversation using #LWTE will run with the program.