19.9 C
Byron Shire
June 27, 2022

Weeded Warrior group to lobby for medicinal cannabis

Latest News

Honours shared in premiership football derby

Byron Bay FC were fourth placed on the Football Far North Coast premiership ladder after a 3-3 draw playing away against Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley FC in round seven of the competition.

Other News

Elliot’s still sore

You (The Echo), rightly so, have a dig (in Backlash) at right-wing media outlets for mindless repetition of discredited...

Lettuce to the Editor

As a writer you never really know what is going to strike a chord with your audience. What will inspire them? Make them think? Make them change their mind? Make them angry? After more than two decades of publishing I am still surprised by what rocks a reader’s boat. About a week ago I discovered that a lot of people have strong opinions on the humble iceberg. I’m not talking about the one that took out theTitantic. I’m talking about the one that has been sinking wallets at the supermarket.


Perplexed to read Richard Jones’ article ‘Now’s the time for those reforms’, when the opening sentence quotes: ‘Just over...

Missing teenager found

Police say a thirteen-year-old girl reported missing from Tweed Heads earlier this week has been found safe and well.

New conservation strategy for the Tweed

Community input is being sought to develop a new Conservation Strategy which aims to protect the Tweed’s status as the highest biodiversity hotspot in NSW and third highest in Australia.

Regional Wollumbin Art Award open to young and old

People from every walk of life are being encouraged to enter the Wollumbin Art Award (WAA), especially First Nations and young artists. 

The logo for the newly formed Weeded Warriors group. (supplied)
The logo for the newly formed Weeded Warriors group. (supplied)

They fought for their country. Now they are fighting for the right to use medicinal cannabis and other alternative therapies.

In an Australian first, a group of Australian Defence Force veterans gathered in Nimbin on Saturday for the first monthly meeting of the ‘Weeded Warrior’ support group.

The grass-roots collective created by the veterans aims to educate ex-service personnel and the Australian public about the medicinal benefits of cannabis in treating stress, traumatic brain injuries and chronic pain conditions.

Weeded Warrior founder Michael Harding, who was medically discharged from the Australian Army in 2012 after having trouble reconciling certain experiences from his deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, was diagnosed with conversion disorder and post traumatic stress.

The conventional treatments initially given to Harding made him gain weight, experience suicidal and homicidal ideation and withdraw from family and friends.

During this time he consumed large amounts of alcohol to escape.

‘We wanted to start a group that got Veterans out of their house, connecting with like-minded brothers and sisters and providing information that can help them reduce their dependence for pharmaceuticals and in turn, regain control of their lives,’ Mr Hardin said.

‘The pharmaceuticals we are prescribed, in combination with alcohol and isolation, are a deadly combination.’

‘Australian Forces have lost 41 soldiers over the 14 years of war in Afghanistan, yet last year alone there were 34 recorded veteran suicides.

‘This is a heartbreaking statistic and we have to do more to start the conversation. Unfortunately because of the stigma associated with cannabis, many ex-service members turn to alcohol for solace from their traumatic memories.

‘This has got to change and cannabis can help.’

Veterans travelled from as far as Brisbane and Ipswich to meet for a barbecue, and to talk openly about their medicine of choice.

‘We had Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans as well as a medically retired Fire and Emergency Services Paramedic and it was absolutely fantastic to see so many partners and family members come along as well. They are the real heroes if you ask me.’

‘One bloke said it was the first time he’d been out socially since December. He had everyone in stitches, you know, this guy was totally in his element but because of the medicine he chooses to use he is deemed a criminal and instead feels safer staying at home. That just encourages isolation and depression.’

Weeded Warrior will be holding their next Veterans meet up in Nimbin ‪on Saturday the 23rd of July.

Anyone interested should RSVP to [email protected], providing proof of service to gain membership.

Partners, carers and families are encouraged to come along.

Follow Weeded Warrior on Facebook or ‪weededwarrior.com to stay up to date on the next meet up.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

You may have missed… mangroves’ carbon storage potential, smart implants, and twitter misinformation

Mangrove forests are massive carbon sinks, capable of storing over 1,000 tonnes of carbon per hectare.

Local triathletes claim another title

The Byron Bay Breakers Triathlon Club has won the North Coast Interclub series for the second time after finishing on top of the table ahead of the Clarence Valley Stingrays and Hat Head Hammerheads.

Lismore City Council votes against land-swaps and buybacks

The Lismore City Council has voted against asking the federal government and NSW Northern Rivers Reconstruction Commission [NRRC] for prioritised land buybacks and swaps after devastating floods earlier this year.

Casino teenager charged with murder

An 18-year-old Casino man is to face Lismore Local Court today charged with murder.