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June 1, 2023

Chopper cannabis raids destroy life-saving medicine

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Good on you Michael Balderstone from the HEMP Embassy for exposing the decades-long police exaggeration of the results of the cannabis-eradication helicopter raids in the northern rivers.

As if any cannabis plant growing will turn out to be a heavy headed female, not eaten or stolen by animals.

The helicopter raids have just destroyed potential medicine for epileptic kids, pain sufferers and all kind of cancer victims etc. The three medicinal workshops in Nimbin this year have been so well attended.

The truth is out that cannabis has great healing powers and potential for pain management and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).

At the medicinal cannabis symposium in Tamworth in November 2014 we listened to invited speakers from Israel and the United States talking about their amazing healing experience with cannabis.

One doctor actually said that cannabis can heal 15 different cancers.

(NSW premier) Mike Baird said in his opening speech that he wants NSW to be the world leader in medicinal cannabis.

Mrs Lucy Haslam, organiser of the symposium and the mother of Dan, who died in February of his cancer, said on Tuesday in front of the federal Senate inquiry held at the NSW Parliament that ‘we cannot wait for the results
of clinical tests. Don’t dismiss the urgent need of people now. If someone with a terminal illness says that their pain is less, what are we worried about?’

So true and good on you Mrs Haslam, there are tens of thousands of people in desperate need in NSW. We have such a wealth of experience from growing cannabis to making amazing medicine.

We don’t need to trial or import anything, we need to show some compassion right now. We can reduce the suffering and create jobs, reduce the cost on our health system and all that can happen right now.

Did I hear that NSW is unable to keep the police negotiation van for terrorists on the road (costing $400,000), while the police conduct a six-month surveillance operation on a book shop in Nimbin or just the usual annual helicopter operation?

I feel so sorry for the victims of the Lindt Cafe in Sydney, are we prioritising in the right way what is really important?

The drug ice is destroying our communities right now and I’m still not sure if alcohol is the best choice of our legal mind altering drug.

Chibo Mertineit, Nimbin

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  1. The Police are just doing their job. If you want change, go after the people who can do that…the politicians.

    ps: I’m not a cop

    • Nazi soldiers were just doing their jobs too 🙁

      But politicians sponsored and controlled/coerced/bribed are where we need to direct our energy.

      Big Pharma and the other corporate monsters pull the strings and it’s time we stop it.


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