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Recent Medican workshop in Nimbin. Photo supplied.

Whether you love or hate the idea, ever-controversial medical cannabis looks like it’s here to stay, and in Nimbin, the HEMP Embassy’s mission is to keep you well informed on the subject.

The Embassy has been running Medican workshops several times a year for some time – the gathering of medical cannabis healers and users, medicine makers, doctors and the public aims to let people find out for themselves what’s going on in the world of medical cannabis.

The Hemp Embassy is hosting their first Medican workshop for 2019 next week, and this year the event will feature a seminar about age and dementia care.

Special guest Leah Bisiani (MHlthSc/DipBus/RN1/Dementia Consultant/Learning & Advisory) will be a key speaker. Organisers say Leah has 35 years experience within aged-dementia care and has established a knowledge base as a global leader in the field.

Leah’s primary vision has been to change negative cultures and philosophies on care associated with people living with dementia. She provides a voice that confronts current practice and advocates for the rights of these people. Bisiani’s pioneering revelations have enabled people living with dementia to attain enriched lifestyles based on recognition of personhood and maintenance of self through valuing individual preference and choice.

Bisiani also advocates the promising therapeutic attributes of medicinal cannabis for the treatment of chronic intractable pain in the older population. ‘Potent opioid analgesics are widely prescribed within the aged care sector in Australia,’ she says. ‘Yet these agents are associated with the highest degree of drug related harm.’

Other speakers at the event include: Dr Andrew Katelaris, who will talk first hand about his recent jury victory (he was recently found not guilty for helping epileptic children with medicinal cannabis); healer and livewire speaker Dr Deb Waldren and others who will talk about using medical cannabis for various ailments; Radic Al who will be doing herbal extraction classes; and The Hemp Club who will be doing demonstrations of hempseed oil extraction.

Lawyer Steve Bolt will be speaking on the cannabis laws and answering questions on drug driving for example and anything else pot related. Andrew Kavasilas will be talking about the latest developments on the frustrated front line of political change where big pharma lobbyists still seem to get the final say.

‘We cannot introduce any decent medical cannabis program with our current drug driving hysteria,’ says Michael Balderstone President, Australian HEMP Party and Nimbin HEMP Embassy. ’It’s an important conversation.’

Medican will be held at the Nimbin Bush Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, 19 and 20 January, from 11am each day. Local NSW Green political candidate Sue Higginson will drop in on Saturday and there will be a guest appearance from social commentator, comedian and legendary HEMP Olympix official, S Sorrensen. The Hemp Club will be displaying and modelling handwoven hemp clothing.

Everyone is welcome and donations are greatly appreciated. Food will be available at the on-site Phoenix Rising Cafe.

Anyone using medical cannabis who would like to tell their story on the day should contact the HEMP Embassy – phone 66891842 or email [email protected] or talk to Michael on the day.

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  1. I was at one of the first workshops in The Hall a few years ago, and was astonished to see the place was jam-packed (standing room only) with ‘straights’ desperately wanting info on how to save themselves or their loved ones with the good oil (cheap AND effective)
    At the time I thought “I wonder if this is a flash in the pan?”, as it were, and that the whole thing would fizzle out if it turned out maybe cannabis wasn’t the miracle treatment it was purported to be …
    It turns out the crowds are getting even bigger, because the stuff IS proving to be a Godsend, and our politicians are doing their level best to send it to hell.
    So we’ve no choice but to do it ourselves.
    Keep up the good work.


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