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Medicinal cannabis experts from North America and Australia will feature at this year’s ‘Hemposium’ at the 23rd Mardi Grass at Nimbin.

Mardi Grass organisers said the impressive line-up of speakers would showcase their medical cannabis methods, discuss cutting edge advances in cannabis science, and share their experiences with the evolution of law reform.

‘We’re excited to welcome Dr David Bearman from California who is a world leader in the field of cannabinoid medicine; from Canada, Ajia Mae Moon, creator of WeedWoman, and founder and owner of Threehappycats; and from the booming green economy of Colorado, Abe Acton and Matthew Appleseed from High Country Cannabis Tours,’ Nimbin Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said.

‘The three medical cannabis workshops held in the Nimbin Town Hall this year have attracted big numbers of the newly emerging and increasingly visible Australian cannabis demographic – families with extremely ill children, and people dealing with chronic pain and often terminal illness.

‘It’s time this magnificent herb was welcomed into mainstream Australian life, and the persecution and prejudice to stop.

‘Medical cannabis has been a growing international phenomenon over the last few decades, and Australia is only now starting to catch on and catch up.

Mr Balderstone said the Hemposium aimed to provide a space ‘to inform, learn, agitate, inspire and connect in this massively important green revolution’.

‘On Friday, 1 May we plan a drug law reform day of talks and panels, while Saturday 2 May and Sunday 3 May will be devoted to medical and industrial cannabis.

Mr Balderstone said Australian experts included Senator Richard Di Natale, Dr Alex Wodak of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, Dr David Caldicott, Fiona Patten, a Sex Party MLC in Victoria, NSW Greens MLC David Shoebridge, Damon Adams of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Dr Andrew Katelaris and Tony Bower of Mullaways Medical Cannabis.

The full MardiGrass program is available at www.nimbinmardigrass.com


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  1. Cannabis should be 100% legal as it is 100% non-toxic & is the only chance Australia has to defeat the terrible Ice epidemic & absolutely shocking drunkenness that is destroying Australia.


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