Medical Cannabis Seminars in Nimbin and Sydney


Due to the popularity of the Medical Cannabis Seminars the Nimbin HEMP Embassy is holding a third gathering on Saturday March 14 in the Nimbin Town Hall from 11am.

President Michael Balderstone says enquiries are ever increasing now the cat is out of the bag. “We are hoping Tony Bower from Mullaways Medical Cannabis will be speaking and sharing his experiences this time. But we also have Andrew Kavasilas, Kilgour Trout, Radic Al and others coming again. This will be the last gathering before MardiGrass on May 2 and 3.”

“In other exciting news another MC Seminar is organised for Rooty Hill RSL in Sydney for the following Saturday March 21 with two of North Americas foremost Cannabis experts speaking with a PowerPoint presentation on the changes in their country and what impact it is having. Dr Andrew Katelaris, David Stevens and Dr John Kaye from the NSW Greens will also be speaking there and I invited Mike Baird and Luke Foley in the hope they might think it’s important enough.”

Chris Conrad is a court-qualified expert witness on cannabis who has testified more than 250 times in state, military and federal courts. He is an internationally recognized expert on industrial hemp, commercial activity, cultivation and religious, personal and medical cannabis use. A curator of both the Hash-Marijuana-Hemp Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, as well as the Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum in Oakland CA, he grew and processed cannabis legally in Europe and worked at the famous Cannabis Castle.

He is author of Hemp: Lifeline to the Future, Shattered Lives: Portraits From America’s Drug War, and other books. His ground breaking book on medical marijuana, Hemp for Health, has been translated into six languages.

He and his wife Mikki Norris were volunteer coordinators for California’s Proposition 215 voter initiative that legalized medical marijuana in 1996. He has worked with legal medical marijuana patients, caregivers and support groups; consults regularly with doctors, attorneys and legislators; and directs Safe Access Now

Among his other accomplishments, Conrad designed and edited Jack Herer’s landmark book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, and was cofounder and first president of the Hemp Industries Association, an editor of HempWorld magazine, contributor to Heads magazine, and editor in chief of the Oaksterdam News newspaper. He has appeared in global, national and regional news media to comment on cannabis-related events. He portrayed the character Johnny Marijuanaseed on the PBS program The Nineties.

Mikki is director of the Cannabis Consumers Campaign, which advocates for cannabis consumers to come out of the closet to stand up for their equal rights (see She is also the coordinator of the Human Rights and the Drug War exhibit project (

Since 1989 the couple have been major activists and leaders in the modern hemp movement and everybody is invited to hear them in Sydney on Saturday March 21 in Sydney from 11 am to 4:20 pm.

They will also be doing their presentation In Nimbin at the Bush Theatre on Monday March 30 from 5 pm down beside the river.

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to hear first hand from these guys what legal pot is doing to America and I’m confident it will be all good from what I read.”

Further info:
Michael Balderstone 02 6689 0326
a/h 02 6689 7525

Dr Andrew Katelaris 04 1430 6306:
Andrew Kavasilas 04 2789 1968

MCW Nimbin March 14

MCW Rooty Hill March 21


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