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Nimbin identity debates cannabis on TV tonight

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sbsWell-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.

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  1. Cannabis is a drug & should be treated as such. If a company wants to market Cannabis it needs to go through all the required testing that all other medications require. As it is it dangerous with no regulation.

  2. Hi Kerryn
    Please contact me regarding your debate regarding impact of long term use of cannabis and associated arguments. I am really interested to pursue some perspectives. This is an area of study I would love to research further, having witnessed so many different experiences in diverse contexts. Presently I am a principal of a Victorian school but would like to discuss related issues from a non school perspective. Essentially the area of my research is how context impacts on constructions of reality.
    Dr adrian waters

  3. Well done Michael u stony u! Considering the cuts they would have made to the show u did incredible. Your whole weight in dope! Man u are the original million dollar man. Good to see they kept the bit about conventional drug addition (which leads to stronger medicine/ side effects/ dollars for big Pharma). Good to see your Hippi-whats-a-ma-call-it isn’t affecting your memory much different to the norm. Hahha

  4. I am a recovered alcoholic of some 40 years and I have worked voluntarily with alcoholics and illicit drug users for more than 30 years and it has been my experience that Alcohol and smoking cigarettes do a lot more damage and kill more people than cannabis. I do understand that Kerryn formed a perception that she is right even before talking drugs and she also formed a perception that stopped her from taking drugs, so there is no one or anything that will change her perception about most any issues in this World, you see people like Kerryn would not even listen to people that were telling her to stop taking drugs as the drugs were doing her damage when she was in full flight, something else had to happen for Kerryn to change her perception to stop Kerryn from taking drugs other people or laws could not and did not stop her.

    Kerryn has a perception and cannot see the difference that cannabis is making in the lives of the many sick mental and emotional people that have nothing else, no other drugs to help them. Kerryn I can tell you this from a lot of years of experience that every time a person with an addictive personality like you gets off drugs or recover from alcoholism or stops smoking, they want to tell the world that alcohol illicit drugs and cigarettes should not be allowed to be made legal and that the world should ban these things, even bee’s that can kill some people, you see Kerryn you still have this very same addictive personality and the same perception that you and only you are right, this is the same perception that took you to the taking of drugs in the first instance.

    I deal with people like you Kerryn everyday. Michael is right that alcohol and cigarettes are killing more people than cannabis, the world is changing it’s attitude to cannabis and this nonsense that cannabis is the doorway into harder drugs is the child like nonsense that addictive thinking people like Kerryn use and why, because you have no other argument, you are addicted to your own perceptions, your own thinking and you will never agree with anyone that has a different point of view that’s what made you Kerryn a drug addict in the first place, your perceptions, you will not understand that everyone has their own perceptions and will see the world the same but in a different way. You Kerryn think that only you have the right perception and that’s sad because we will not be able to stop a bee killing a person or a person getting cancer from cigarettes, it’s the old question we cannot help people from themselves. I cannot help you Kerryn from yourself.


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