Medical Cannabis Law Reform Rally and March – Brisbane Australia

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Australian patients and their carers are fed up with not being able to access medical cannabis legally while it has been ‘legally available’ in the country for about a year now.

Only 153 patients have been able to legally access the drug so far, while many other patients are desperate as their life depends on access to medical cannabis.

Patients are reliant on compassionate suppliers, many of whom are currently being prosecuted. Authorities pursuing compassionate cannabis medicine suppliers means major interruptions in supply and unfortunately, for some patients that means death.

Medical Cannabis Law Reform March - Brisbane, Australia

Aussies have enough and there was no shortage of speakers on their soapbox, expressing their anger and frustration with the state and federal government and politicians for withholding cannabis medication from the sick and most vulnerable.

The event was organised by the Medical Cannabis Advisory Group Queensland to draw attention to the unnecessary hardship and distress that patients and their loved ones are facing every day.

Medical Cannabis Law Reform Rally and March in Brisbane 14 Nov 2017

Government policy is failing patients and while the general public thinks medical cannabis is legal in Australia, it is not, as far as the everyday reality of patients goes.

The below video is a brief summary of the day, that started with speeches at the Brisbane Square and was followed by a march to the Queensland Health building at 33 Charlotte Street.

Many people in the Brisbane CBD showed signs of support and encouraged the protesters along the march.

Queensland Police also showed remarkable support. Despite many speakers mentioning police in a negative context for obvious reasons, officers demonstrated a high degree of empathy and respect for the participants.

The speakers had great insights and information to share with the protesters and bystanders, and below you can watch the full speech of Josh Waldron, Katrina Spraggon, Steve Peek and ‘Smoking’ Joe.
We attempted to record the other speakers as well, however, unfortunately, due to some unforeseen technical challenges it did not happen.

Josh Waldron:

Katrina Spraggon:

Steve Peek:

‘Smoking’ Joe:

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Krisztian Panczel

Krisztian Panczel

I am stoked to be able to write for as I’ve been passionate about the Cannabis plant in its every form since I was 14 years old. I have a bachelor degree of Agricultural Science and have studied plant production for 8 years. Meanwhile, I learned so much about plants that it was hard to miss the outstanding (quite incredible) qualities of this hugely versatile plant. After university I went on to build a career and recently I had the opportunity to return to this most passionate area of my life and have been writing about a wide variety of topics on Cannabis and Hemp.

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