NATIONWIDE - MEDICAL CANNABIS USERS RALLY

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MEDICAL CANNABIS USERS RALLY NATIONWIDE TO SUPPORT COMPASSIONATE GROWERS FACING CHARGES IN NSW AND VICTORIA

Members of the Medical Cannabis Users Association Australia (MCUA) are planning a Nationwide ‘awareness raising’ campaign at courthouses across Australia on the 2nd and 3rd of September to show support for our members and their families who suffer needless stress because of the lack of police discretion; and to highlight the waste of tax payers money involved in long running court proceedings against medical cannabis growers.

MCUA members across Australia are up in arms about the slow progress being made in changing the laws and the double standards being applied by all governments in this the country, who seem unable to understand the basic concept that plant based cannabis is powerful medicine.
In one hand the NSW Government, who “lead the way forward” are offering us “cannabis” trials – without any real cannabis in them; and with the other hand they are raiding and punishing people for wanting to use it now, rather than wait 10yrs for big pharma results and “permission” to get relief.

In 2013, NSW resident, Craig Goodwin cured himself of liver cancer with the help of extracts he made from home grown cannabis. He then spent 10 months on remand in prison for growing and making this medicine. All charges were subsequently squashed in the district court and he was released without conviction last year.

Twelve months later he was arrested again for 6 plants in his back yard – grown to continue his health care regime; and 135 plants on an adjoining property assumed to have been his. He was fined $1500 in Taree court this week for 6 plants. The remaining charges were dismissed by the court.
Two weeks earlier, oil maker Malcolm Lees, who had pleaded guilty in Newcastle court to supplying medical cannabis as a “rate lower than the black market”, faced a sentencing hearing for his crime. This has been adjourned until October when he will make his 4th court appearance for the same offence at tax payer expense.

Peter Rule, who grows and makes cannabis medicine for his disabled daughter, Larisa, is now facing further charges following his court appearance for sentencing this week in Wyong. He will re appear on 2nd September. His partner will also face court in September.

Larisa has cannabis tincture in various doses listed as experimental epileptic medication at Westmead Children’s Hospital via Neurology Dept., according to her dad.

This is the second time Peter has been on charges relating to medicinal cannabis use for his daughter in twelve months.

This is the catalyst that sparked this MCUA action.

Malcolm, Craig and Peter are MCUA members. As are Matt and Elizabeth Pallet in Victoria who face serious charges in Frankston court on 3rd September, for supplying medical cannabis to desperately sick and suffering people.

These growers and oil makers are the experts the governments should be consulting – not dragging through the courts. They should not be used as pawns to boost arrest numbers in the police funding circus by officers who are brainwashed by propaganda.

The knowledge bank that already exists within the MCUA’s 8300 member base is immense. It will take our Governments decades to acquire the knowledge and results being obtained right now by these people.

Hundreds of thousands of Australians want LEGAL access to cannabis because they are already experiencing the safe and effective healing properties of this plant. Why should they have to defy the law in order to get access?

Scientific research already undertaken by international experts (and hundreds of Australian testimonials) clearly demonstrates that cannabis has the ability to improve the quality of life for sufferers of literally hundreds of common, rare and baffling ailments. It has the potential to double the current survival rate for cancer and give patients renewed hope.

Terminally ill and suffering Australians don’t have time or patience to wait a decade for trials; nor do they see the need to imitate nature with expensive pharmaceutical products brewed purely for profit, when then fresh home grown product, is non psychoactive and can produce miraculous results for the cost of a tomato plant .

MCUA members will be talking to the public about this and handing out information to raise awareness of the legal issues and the health benefits of medicinal cannabis during these actions. The governments are taking too long and we are putting them on notice – we will not be held to ransom by vested interest and we will continue to defy until the changes are made to allow people to choose and use cannabis for home grown for health.

Australian HEMP Party President Michael Balderstone applauds their dedication and action. “So few people are speaking out on the ludicrous position medical cannabis users find themselves in in Australia. Increasingly we hear drug testing drivers and workers is actually pushing people to use other far more dangerous and less efficient but undetectable drugs. The cruel greed of Big Pharma knows no bounds in its pursuit of profit. Shame on the politicians who support them and seem content to compromise two (2) million regular Australian cannabis users.”

We should be supporting OUR farmers and boosting OUR economy. We really need to have cannabis grown and made in Australia and not imported – this is important not only to our farmers and economy but for quality control.

Supporters will be attending the Medical Cannabis Users Rally Nationwide to support compassionate growers facing charges in NSW and Victoria at the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Wednesday 2nd September at 10:00am. Come along say hello and sign the petition requesting the Queensland Government to amend Health Regulation 270A to read “The Chief Executive Officer may grant approval to a person to cultivate, manufacture, produce, possess, supply, prescribe, obtain and use cannabis for human therapeutic use;” and introduce an immediate amnesty, access to State laboratories, and establish a Steering Committee with patient advocates; ensuring that patient’s health rights are at the centre of any decision making, and use regulating powers and prescribing standards in Part 4 and 4A of the Health Act to make regulations for a state-wide Medical Cannabis Program with provisions for patients and Carers to lawfully cultivate and produce their own cannabis and oils/tinctures; and a state licencing System for commercial cultivators and producers of manufactured cannabis products for supply through dispensaries.

Petition Link: CLICK HERE
Event Link: CLICK HERE