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The Nimbin HEMP Embassy is holding one of its popular Medican Workshops next weekend at the Bush Theatre in the village.

President of the HEMP Embassy Michael Balderstone says the next gathering after this is MardiGrass, first weekend in May. ‘We’re not doing these Medicans too often so I encourage people interested to come along.’

Carol Ireland is the guest speaker. Carol joined Epilepsy Action Australia as CEO in March 2006 and became a Director in 2009. She has worked in the not-for-profit human services sector for a period spanning more than 35 years and holding a variety of executive positions including general management, operations, service delivery, marketing and fundraising roles. 

Ms Ireland says over 250,000 Australians have been diagnosed with epilepsy and the recent discovery of how beneficial cannabis can be for some has been wonderful for many. ‘Some time ago I realised the Nimbin community has quite a few epileptics living here but because they smoke weed, we would never know,’ said Mr Balderstone. ‘It’s a bit like the many alcoholics who live here but never drink any more.’

Ireland currently sits on the Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis, the Advisory Board of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney, and the Steering Committee for the NSW Government’s Paediatric Epilepsy Trials (Medicinal Cannabis Research).

Three Doctors, Andrew Katelaris, John Teh from PlantMed, a legal cannabis clinic in Brisbane, and Deb Waldron are all returning to talk at the Medican as well as answer questions. 

‘One of the best aspects of these gatherings is the chance to talk one on one to doctors who have spent decades studying cannabis. Although access to legal weed is on a steady roll there are not many doctors with experience out there,’ said Mr Balderstone.

Lismore Lawyer Steve Bolt will be there with legal advice and Radic Al will be doing extraction classes again. Breeder, gardener and healer Malcolm Lee is coming to speak and give advice also, as is Andrew Kavasilas to tell us about the latest government developments where cannabis leaf products are next in line for legalisation. 

Balderstone will MC the weekend along with Disco Sista. The Hemp Club with hemp juice and clothing as well as Australian Cannabis University will be there. Everyone is welcome, donations appreciated, and healthy food available on site at the Bush Theatre cafe next to Mulgum creek on the north end of the village.

Talks start both days at 11am and finish around 420 in the arvo.

For further info contact the HEMP Embassy 6689 0326 or email [email protected]

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