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A police helicopter winches cannabis plants during raids. (supplied)
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The Nimbin Hemp Embassy has accused NSW police of destroying ‘a truckload of good medicine’ with its latest cannabis eradication raids.

Echonetdaily reported yesterday that police had seized more than 12,500 cannabis plants at Cawongla, Wadeville, New Italy, Double Duke, Jackie Bulbin, Mummulgum, Bulldog and Ewingar in recent weeks.

Another 8,000 plants were seized from a large crop in the Bundjalung National Park in November.

Police said the plants had an estimated potential street value of more than $8 million, despite the fact many were juveniles.

Nimbin Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said the estimated value placed on the plants by police was ‘nonsense’.

‘Don’t our police ever question their systems or do they just use the same manual until the laws change?’ Mr Balderstone said.

‘It’s time they reviewed their cannabis eradication policy, especially now we all agree it really is a medicine.

Mr Balderstone said police valued every small cannabis seedling at $2000 despite knowing that it was an inaccurate estimate.

‘How about considering male plants, wallabies, mould and disease and that a huge percentage of it will be consumed by the growers and their friends and never ever get sold,’ he said.

‘Reality is they just destroyed a truckload of good medicine as America is fast discovering the healing wonders of juicing raw Cannabis, which is exactly what the cops burnt last week, (and not in joints!).

‘If it makes it easier for them you don’t get any psychoactive affect at all from raw juiced cannabis.’

Mr Balderstone also took a swipe at the increased use of drug testing in the region, saying cannabis users were being put off the roads despite the tests having no regard for actual impairment.

‘Everyday good working people are losing their licence because they smoked a joint days before their roadside saliva test but they came up positive because cannabis stays in your system so long

‘What is hard to fathom is they want respect yet they are creating the opposite. Is this some weird way of keeping them in work or do they just not get it?’

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  1. The outlawing of cannabis is a crime against humanity and the environment. The fact is that ALL legislation regarding this plant that led to it being outlawed was implemented via provably fraudulent testimonies and needs to be removed immediately purely for the sake of honesty and decency. And any politician who continues to support it’s prohibition should be removed from office and charged with crimes against humanity… Its as simple as that. The only problem with crimes of this magnitude is that when they are carried out by government, our police are too well trained into supporting any legislation and they are too pitifully afraid to call it out and address it… Police don’t really address open crime on a large scale crime such as the outlawing of Hemp, all they do is enforce legislation, regardless of how corrupt that legislation may be.

  2. WHY? What social problems does Cannabis show us and of course there are the health benefits that are now outweighing the problems.

    On the other hand the ICE epidemic is now hitting hard with daily psychotic episodes and horrific violence and aggression which is simply ignored.
    Where is the education and eradication of this terrible drug ICE?
    There are people in very small communities that are causing such a problem and dragging other younger ones down with them. This drug does not just make you high for a short while, it stops a person functioning properly, creates aggression and psychosis in every single user; they simply think they are fine and cannot do without it.
    Staying awake for days and damaging body organs.
    I experienced the horrors of ICE in England before I came to Australia to live ……but NO ONE listens

    What would you prefer, a stoned chilled creative society who respect each other or a Psychotic, violent, abusive, noisy, strongly addicted gang mentality within a community, that cannot be trusted and will eventually be a strong drain on society.

  3. An insane war on drugs that has never worked and never will! It only creates criminals out of ordinary people! When will we evolve beyond this? When the rest of the population catches on to the healing possibilities of cannabis and move beyond all the misinformation then the government and police will be seen as the criminals.

  4. Unbelievably sad & silly situation. Haven’t the Police Force been briefed on the medicinal cannabis trials being conducted by the Baird government? How on earth are the trials to proceed without access to the raw crop? Will trial participants have to carry a licence or will they still be charged for possession or driving under the influence? Talk about blocking & persecuting an industry that may well turn around the economic fortunes of the Northern Rivers. A meeting between the Minister for Police and the Minister for Health is urgently needed.

  5. Right on Michael!
    Politicians & police are ignorant or bought off or both, hurting & killing people for opposition profits, and due to that they are the real criminals. Simply insane, and just not respectable. This must change asap. We need informed dispensaries and not for sale legal home growing seen as ordinary. This will save lives and improve health.
    Another Commonwealth country is changing to that under Justin Trudeau while this one stagnates on gross injustice instead. DISGUSTING!.

  6. I agree with Hemp embassy they have destroyed plants that could of made medicine for the sick, I do not agree with drugs but l can see the logic here instead of burning the plants make medicine out of it.

  7. I wonder why NSW POLICE are taking on such draconian measures by bringing on this stupid insidious campaign, while climate change talks and marches are taking place globally and since a new freer thinking gov has come into office in Canada, who are planning to legalise cannabis across the country, it seems that the more liberal the rest of the world becomes, the closer Australia (or parts of it) feel it necessary to follow Vlad Putin’s example. Good lord!

  8. Drug laws are continually being reformed. Nations and states around the world have worked it out, force does not work. The drug war does not work. And legal cannabis is no problem. In fact its the solution.


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