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Hearing NSW premier Mike Baird vowing in his opening speech at the Inaugural Australian Medical Cannabis Symposium on the 21-22 of November 2014 in Tamworth, that NSW would ‘lead the world’ on medical marijuana reform.

‘Revolution starts here’ is the front page quote from him in the The Northern Daily Leader of the 22 November, 2014. Wow, these are big words and there are hundreds of thousands of sick people waiting for a quick solution and a way of having access to their cannabis medicine.

The truth is, we don’t need to lead the world, it’s already happening in other parts of the world.

All we really need is to make the use of cannabis legally possible. Just look at Spain and Portugal, where they decriminalised personal use amounts of illegal drugs over 12 years ago.

What an amazing change to the courts and police work load, Spain is renting out some goal cells!

Or look at the United States, there are 24 states now selling medicinal cannabis through dispensaries and the tax they pay in Colorado is enormous.

While we are having an ice (methamphetamine) epidemic happening, and we are only just starting to charge people for drunken violence (coward hit), maybe the easiest thing would be to tolerate the use of cannabis, like so many European countries are doing now.

Having to do our trials, thinking of importing approved pharma products (Marinol) makes me sick.

We have so many knowledgeable and committed people like Tony Bower from the mullaways medical cannabis company, who made the tincture for the kids with epilepsy.

He went to gaol for continuing to  help the sick and for supplying them with his amazing tincture, something the billion dollar pharma industry was unable to do.

Come on premier Baird, stop the suffering of the kids, cancer and pain patients etc, show some compassion now.

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock

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