A Zombie Democracy

A long time ago, but not so long that people don’t remember, many people died in the name of “a better way”. I’m referring to the democratic process of modern war since the days of sandals and togas. This stupid habit of inciting enough fear in order to generate enough hate to kill is now ‘business as usual’ by the capitalist today. They know that the human animal is a collective mind that can be whipped into a frenzy using a formula… oh how our minds deceive us.

War is all around us. Not just in the Middle East or Africa, but everywhere. When people are invaded by outsiders with domineering intentions, they have no choice but to stand their ground. Reciprocity turns to genocide anytime possession intersects with freedom. The invaders take the children and make the village believe it is for their own good. The children are abused, their rights removed and forced to work for nothing for the rest of their lives. Slaves. As we continue to be today.

If incarceration replaces debate (“because it’s the law” who cares about “justice”) you can be certain that war exists. Here’s a quick test to see it for yourself:

  1. Look udownloadp the prison sentences for cannabis in your region and compare the terms with crimes of violence or deprivation of liberty like rape, assault and murder.
  2. Ask yourself, why is growing a plant considered criminal when no harm is done?
  3. Why do we not even discuss the benefits to textiles, construction, biomass energy or soil rejuvenation? Is it because Cannabis is a nutritional and medicinal super plant that the Corporate Earth could do without?

If yes, then what else has our species had to endure so the rich could get richer and consign us all to a regulated, monitored, and constricted life? Energy? Could it be that Tesla did harness the energy of the vacuum of space safely and wanted humanity to have it? Are the wires and mines, the frequencies filling the air and fracking even necessary? Is the ozone depleting gas released by nuclear power really necessary?

For someone to stand up and ask these questions, along with questions about why coal fly ash riddled with Aluminium, Strontium, Barium and other toxic metals is being released for solar radiation management over cities and agricultural/water catchments, life is never dull. Today though, the war I am discussing is one where the coward’s weapon of choice is used; poison.

I am hearing more and more reference to the synthetic molecules filling our water cycle as ‘Traditional Medicine’ residual waste. Apparently people are moving away from these traditional medicines and looking to ‘alternative medicines like Cannabis’. I am pretty sure Cannabis is actually the traditional medicine and the mass produced synthetic poison killing the Earth is the not very well thought out ‘alternative medicine’ only recently on the scene.

I have it on good authority that this documentary about to show in Australia has been key in waking us from the hypnotic trance of modern chemical warfare and debt-slavery-induced Cannabis policy. A film that even those that are hardcore on the opposition are unable to spin. I will leave you with this short preview and look forward to thoughts about changing the perception of those still in a trance. Those who hear the word Cannabis and their eyes glaze over with obedient ignorance must be reached for real change to occur. Not just for Cannabis’ sake, but to regain our sovereignty as a people.

Not only do we propose that all nations with unjust policy on plant prohibition are in breach of human rights law, we propose that our education of the people with regard to traditional medicine and economics is our final front in this war.

We will not take up arms and allow their media to target us in small groups with drones and chemical weapons. We will simply make them obsolete in our daily lives while retaining the technology for peaceful purposes as they fade from our future.

We can not surrender to ignorance and fear, only zombies can fuel a zombie democracy.


J. Richter, Co-Founder Hemployment Australia

Sustainability and Cannabis


How much of what we accept as being possible or viable in developing solutions for the challenges we face as a global community is based on half-truths and undone science?

Tanami Sunrise 27.4.15Could it be, that some companies simply prefer that no solution be found whilst good profits are being made from us in medicine, energy and nutrition? How long do we sit around and just accept that our leaders know what they are talking about without questioning their motivation for such ignorance? CHEN RS 1990, Global agriculture, environment, and hunger: Past, present, and future links appears to be the bible of Agenda 2030 advocates, and it needs to b
e re-written.

For Biomass energy to be discounted as a sustainable option in the race against environmental toxicity due to ‘over-population’ is an example of ‘undone science’. It does not consider using Cannabis as fuel or Cannabis for anything for that matter. Their bible, like most bibles, has been corrupted by the influence of people who stand to gain from it.

Cannabis is a plant that is well known for the ability to improve soil condition and assist in restoring biodiversity; a diverse range of organisms in the environment is essential in maintaining our soil resources. When used in rotation with grains and legumes, (amongst other agricultural staples), it has been shown to improve yields and lower the need for inputs such as Nitrogen and Phosphorus.

Both Nitrogen and Phosphorous have been abused as agricultural inputs for profit, and are now the primary reason for algal blooms destroying our waterways, and are contributing to the disruption of our rainfall cycles. Not to mention, the devastating effect this is having on aquatic life and the Earth’s atmosphere…

Cannabis, or Hemp as it is commonly known in its non-drug form, grows to maturity in 12-16 weeks and produces more than 4 times the pulp of trees per hectare in less than 5% of the time it takes for trees to mature. The seeds are a superfood with a diverse protein or amino acid profile and omega 3, 6 & 9 in perfect ratios for bioavailability in mammals. Chen also fails to mention how Cannabis is better than fish for these nutrients and a worthy solution to declining global fish stocks.

Cells in most mammal tissue have receptors or ‘keyholes’ that match hundreds of beneficial compounds, or ‘keys’ found in Cannabis. Recent findings in medicine show that Cannabis, when used whole and unprocessed, has the ability to promote homeostasis, or balance in the body, through efficient management of available resources.

Everything from Inflammation (including weight management) to skin cancer, depression, epilepsy and much, much more are now being treated (often illegally) with Cannabis by many people with incredible success.

Isn’t that what this whole ‘Sustainability’ song is all about?

I wish you, and us all, well on rediscovering real health and well-being. Hope is turning off our TV’s and using common sense. Sustainability doesn’t have to mean cramming into steel and concrete jungles, eating GMO and artificial everything, destroying the immune system through toxic chemicals and getting a radio frequency RFID tracking chip to administer medications.

Sustainability and it’s bible are ‘community driven’. The community once driven by the ‘talking heads’ is awakening and re-writing the words of Chen in a way that provides hope.

Education and discussion are more important now than ever before in our history. There’s a war on for our minds. Cannabis is not for everyone but the choice absolutely should be.


John Richter BSc.

Founding Partner

Hemployment Australia

Letter to QLD Parliament

As legislators in Queensland propose more initiatives to deal with the incredible momentum of the global Cannabis Movement, we had an opportunity to review the Queensland Medical Cannabis Bill, and make our suggestions – whether they are heard or not, remains to be seen. We’ll know in October if the government is interested in helping the people heal themselves, or expand the pockets of greedy pharmaceutical giants…. either way, this is what we had to say on the matter:


6 July, 2016

Research Director

Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee

Parliament House, George Street

Brisbane Qld 4000


To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing on behalf of Hemployment Australia regarding the proposed Queensland Medicinal Cannabis Bill. There are two major points that I would like to address regarding the proposed bill, though I am sure that anyone who has the time and patience to read through the whole bill would find many more. I appreciate you taking the time to read these complex bills on our behalf, and I appreciate you taking the time to reflect upon my following concerns;

  1. The continued classification of Cannabis as a dangerous drug, and the contention that this bill is necessary to protect the people of Queensland from the unlicensed growing or use of a natural plant.
  1. The meaning of “Cannabis Products” appears to be contradictory; does it include “Synthetic Cannabis Products” or not?

Number One – Cannabis is not a dangerous drug in the sense we have previously understood it for many reasons:

First, strains of Cannabis that contain negligible amounts of THC are not psychoactive, no matter the consumption method or volume, and there is absolutely no evidence, throughout history, that this plant causes harm. There is only scientific evidence of incredible health, ecological, and economical benefit of the varied uses of this plant. The emerging cannabis treatment population is documented.(Hamilton, Lloyd, Monaghan, & Paton, 2014)

Similarly, strains that contain significant levels of THCa will produce an altered state of consciousness only if the plant is used in such a manner to convert the THCa to THC. A person could eat a pound of Cannabis without decarboxylation (converting THCa to THC by heating it up), and they would feel no “high”. Inside their body, however, their Endo-Cannabinoid System would use the ingested Cannabinoids for whatever natural physiological processes it requires. There is significant anecdotal evidence of the incredible healing power of raw Cannabis in its natural form. https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=cannabis+nutrition&btnG=&hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_ylo=2012

Second, if someone chooses to ingest Cannabis (by cooking, smoking, or vaporizing the plant) to experience a high, they are going to do it whether they get it from the guy around the block, or their doctor, or the shop in the city. Through research, education, and regulation of the sale of the plant, we are able to eliminate adulterants in the products, better understand its benefits and risks, minimise black market sales, and assist people who are at risk of dependence or negative health effects. Just like we do with alcohol, and cigarettes, and food; all of which, interestingly, have a worse track record for negatively impacting our health than Cannabis ever has.

Alcohol induces an altered state of consciousness, and so does coffee. Being “high” isn’t a good or a bad thing – it’s purely dependent on the situation, how the substance is being used, and whether is empirically benefitting or harming your life and the lives of those around you. Sadly, the demonisation and criminalisation of Cannabis has actually had a much more detrimental effect on our community at large, than the use of the plant itself (http://www.leap.cc/)

In the bill it states that “Cannabis remains a prohibited substance as it is a dependence-forming drug and there is evidence that over time it causes harm, particularly in young people”

There is absolutely no evidence that Cannabis itself is biologically dependence-forming other than that of dopamine level adjustment after periods of prolonged heavy high THC content usage such as currently available ‘hydro’ known by most adult users. Hydro is established indoor and is prolific. It uses chemicals and other short cuts that do not meet food standards. It is naïve to think current policy enabling this illegal market is better for our communities’ health than an openly regulated and supported industry.

Interestingly, it has been evidenced that in outdoor growing regions where Cannabis Sp. are most prolific, the overall THC content or potency is reduced, compared to urban equivalents.

Figure 1. Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) versus cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) content as a % of dry weight (DW) in mature pistillate inflorescences of Cannabis sativa derived from a marijuana parent and siblings, a hemp parent and siblings, the F1 parent and siblings, and the F2 cohort. Red arrows point to the hemp and marijuana parents; black arrows point to mean THCA content and CBDA content for marijuana-like and hemp-like F2s, respectively. The dashed line indicates the expected ratio of THCA to CBDA if the two main cannabinoid synthase enzymes were equally competitive for their common precursor, cannabigerolic acid.(Weiblen et al., 2015)

A visit to Feng Shui, Shandong province PRC, allowed me to participate in a traditional ceremony that involved consuming a meal infused with Cannabis, and I was amazed to discover that the effect was so mild that my ability to negotiate unstable terrain on a motorcycle was unimpaired. I have since learned that most home-grown Cannabis is naturally reduced to a mild sedative effect for Indica strains and an even less prolonged experience in Sativa edibles and inhalants.

The current systems’ management allows for well protected Hydroponic Farms to be scattered throughout cities globally, catering to a long established market. Quality seed is also often used and prolonged use is being encouraged by design in breeding and supplements being used.

Adult users with a plant or two grow much milder organic produce if permitted to at home in urban areas but often refrain as the anxiety of being caught outweighs the benefit overall. Increasing the amount of Cannabis grown for textile and food (less than 1% THC) rapidly causes nearby home-grown varieties of other strains to reduce in THC after cross pollination. Even in our suburbs each generation of uncontrolled breeding reduces psychoactive components and is balanced by strain varieties adequate in number to meet demand through tolerance management. Not to mention the unforeseen by-product of natural reductions in opioid overdose as seen in areas where Cannabis use is legalized and regulated.(Bachhuber, Saloner, Cunningham, & Barry, 2014)

A further control measure for personal adult use is to make seed available at known THC concentrations and limit home grown Cannabis potency to mid-range strains. A regional seed sale will raise money to fund regulation of the industry and establish a solid support network. Growers could use an ABN to register and develop a relationship with their chosen dispensary. In addition to existing databases matching strains to chronic conditions, a local grower database supported by a regional platform will increase numbers of potential new treatments. Understanding our health in relation to Cannabis is Traditional Knowledge re-discovery at its finest. Cannabis is a healer of Earth’s soils, nutritious and sustainable, it offers hope in a time of massive change. Hope creates stability in our homes and our region. De-regulation of the Cannabis industry will provide a win-win for community health and small business, if guided with community consultation.

From chronic illness treatment to better building materials, Australian industries will continue to benefit from our research and development efforts. With nine billion people within the next 35 years forecast to be consumers, it is worth pursuing now in a wide and varied way; we can develop strategies for assured competence in meeting that demand.(Godfray et al., 2010). The people have already denied centralized reliance on regulation and distribution of commodities, as the resulting regional instability causes far more harm than good. Community education and support for a safe, affordable and organic market is the best way forward.

As lower THC strains become available, the risk of any biological dependence is greatly reduced. As there is no current evidence that moderate use of Cannabis has any biological reason for dependence, but there is some anecdotal evidence that people become dependent on it, it has to be a psychological dependence. It’s the same kind of psychological dependence that people have on gambling, or eating too much or too little, or shopping.

Many studies have proven that addiction in general is due to life factors and not the substance itself. Even if the substance is physiologically addictive (like caffeine, alcohol, sugar, opiates, or cigarettes) when a person’s life factors are re-balanced and they are given support to work through the physiological withdrawals, they are able to cease the addiction. Through education, support, and regulation, we can minimise the harm that comes with psychological dependence of any substance, and demonising the substance only takes us further away from harm-reduction. http://reset.me/story/isolation-breeds-addiction-not-drugs)

The most commonly cited study regarding the long term negative health impacts of Cannabis use purported that it impacted the volume of grey matter in the brain. This study has been dismissed as it didn’t exclude important socio-economic or other lifestyle factors (especially alcohol and cigarette use among the participants). Once those variables had been excluded, the long-term negative effects of Cannabis were non-existent. There are reviews from prestigious journals that like to claim links to addiction and ‘not enough long term data (Volkow , Baler , Compton , & Weiss 2014), however this criteria also exists with sugar and other pleasures of life. In fact, Cannabis has been used as a therapeutic instrument in dealing with toxic substance addiction such as opiates, although the studies are not peer reviewed. This is about to change with the FDA speaking with several States in the USA about medicinal Cannabis research programs. http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm421163.htm

Lastly, the claim that it causes harm over the long term to young people is important. It is important that we are setting up our children with the best possible future and ensuring they are informed about the risks and benefits of anything they might come across as they grow. Education, unbiased information, and research, are our strongest tools to ensuring our children are given the best possible opportunities to make safe decisions about what they put in their bodies.

Why, for instance, is the number one cause of childhood obesity and skyrocketing instances of childhood diabetes still available in brightly coloured packages, marketed towards children, at every turn? Sugar is more physiologically addictive than Cocaine.(Ahmed, Guillem, & Vandaele, 2013) Why do we give children a “treat” as a ‘reward’ when it causes the same developmental issues as addiction?  How much sugar did your kids consume this week? And how did they react when you said “no” when they wanted more?

Now that is a harmful addiction, and it has been implanted in us since we could walk.

I know I haven’t addressed the issue of childhood Cannabis use, and that’s because I simply don’t know enough about it. As Cannabis continues to be a prohibited substance, it is incredibly difficult for researchers to gain approval and funding for their studies – and probably more difficult to want to test their theories on children. Irrespective of your stance on whether or not Cannabis is a “Dangerous Substance” I don’t think anyone would suggest that forcing a child to get high is the right thing to do. Just because it’s available, doesn’t mean we have to use it; again, just like coffee and alcohol. We give our children sugar daily; this is a mind-altering, addictive substance, which is proven to be detrimental in the long term, but it’s still available. And it should be, because it is our right to have a choice.

That’s where education, information, and support are incredibly important.

Interestingly, it can be argued that all Cannabis use is medicinal, whether or not we are treating a symptom of an existing illness or preventing disease. Diabetes and the complications thereof cost Australians every year tens of billions annually.(Lee et al., 2013) A recent study has proven that regular cannabis use (smoking, even though that is the least healthy way to consume it) reduces the likelihood of developing diabetes by 66%. Cannabis regulated as a specialty food has the potential to ease this burden on individual health and community sustainable development.

I don’t want my kids to grow up in a world where they have to fear persecution from an anonymous government body for what they put inside their own bodies – I want to know that my government supports my right as a citizen to make informed health choices for myself and my family based on fact-based evidence, un-biased research, and transparent regulation.


Number Two: The meaning of “Cannabis Products” appears to be contradictory, whether or not it includes “Synthetic Cannabis Products”, and this is of utmost importance.

“Clause 7(c) ensures synthetic cannabis products will be included within the meaning of cannabis product for the purposes of the Bill. Clause 7(c) is not intended to apply more generally to other products that have           some similar effects to cannabis or synthetic cannabis products. “

Synthetic Cannabis Products, derivatives therein, and isolated extracted compounds from the Cannabis plant do not have the same medicinal benefit as whole plant extracts, and in some cases are extremely dangerous. (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/15/french-drug-trial-one-person-in-coma-and-five-critically-ill).

The anecdotal, clinical, and observable benefits of Cannabis have come from safe (not one single death has been attributed Cannabis alone, in its natural form, ever) examination of how the whole plant interacts with our biology. Growers, Doctors, and family members have worked with patients and users to monitor their symptoms and adjust the strain / dosage / delivery method accordingly. Every individual has a unique psychological profile and variations within their Endo-Cannabinoid System which results in yet more variability for the results of the medicine.

Over time, this has resulted in an enormous body of research which specifically details the best strains and delivery methods for specific conditions. Patented systems are already operational in this field.(Ruben, 2015) Our hesitation in providing suitable legislation to compete internationally, through education and research funding in this field, is diminutive to our opportunity to lead or even enter the global marketplace.

Creating synthetic variants of a safe, naturally-occurring plant, and isolating compounds of that plant have both proven to be difficult to manage safely as medicine and dangerous in the wrong hands.(Castaneto et al.) Simply regulate the production and sale of that plant so the consumer knows exactly what they are buying; the consumer is then able to make informed adjustments to relieve their symptoms.

This, in my opinion, is the only reason why we should even be talking about regulating the sale and production of this plant. We can grow it in our own homes, (and should be able to, so long as we aren’t selling it without being able to identify its genome and prove that its free from chemical adulterants), but the benefit of having lab-tested, pure product at a licensed dispensary is incredibly valuable.

I’ve experienced this first-hand in Colorado, and it has not only bolstered their economy enormously, but it has provided the security of understanding exactly what you are purchasing and how it is likely to affect your body. This transparency and ease of access is the only reason we now know so much about the amazing healing benefits of Cannabis today. Even the smell of different strains can have different impacts on our biology.(Khodadadi, 2016)

The benefit of regulating the sale and production of whole-plant Cannabis and whole-plant Cannabis extracts is that we are able to make an informed purchase regarding the strain’s cannabinoid profile, how and where it was grown, and whether it contains chemicals, adulterants, or other toxins, while still allowing the user to have access to the full plant. If pharmaceutical companies can create valuable, functional medicines from the plant, that’s wonderful too. They must, however, be classified separately from the plant itself.

I believe it is incredibly important for users and doctors to be able to make educated decisions about their medicine without being forced to use an adulterated (not to mention, expensive) compound that is less effective than the plant they could buy on a street corner. Cannabis is an incredibly complex plant, and the effects it has on the human body are even more so; please do not limit the incredible potential of this plant by over-regulating it into something it is not.

The purpose of the health industry is to promote general health through the latest research, technology, and education available – lately it seems more like a function of big business.

We don’t have to be sick, and we don’t have to wait for someone to figure out how to get rich off of us before we get better. We know the right thing to do, we just need to do it.




Lorna Bremner

Chief Business Officer

Hemployment Australia


John Richter

Chief Academic Officer

Hemployment Australia



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Free Cannabis Community 420 Picnic!

Hello Everyone!

Exciting news for anyone near the Gold Coast this weekend (or even anyone wanting to be near the Gold Coast this weekend, here’s your excuse!), our friends at Free Cannabis Queensland have organised a community picnic for us today at Albert Park in Broadbeach Waters!

The event kicks off at 11:30, going until at least 4:20 pm – there will be live bands, live comedy, heaps of new friends, and of course, lots and lots of love (as it’s probably the only thing that lingers around a Cannabis plant more potently than its stink…).

I caught up briefly with Chris of Free Cannabis Queensland  to get the low-down on the event:

HA: First of all, thanks for doing this, and setting up this event! What is Free Cannabis Queensland, and why here?

Chris: We started with Free Cannabis NSW; and so far, we’ve held two of these same events down there. The first picnic was a bit disorganised, but then PR for the People got involved, and we had a huge success with the second. After the last Free Cannabis NSW picnic, I was being contacted by heaps of people on the Gold coast wondering when we’d come up to host an event up there. I mean, if there are people up there willing to come out and support the cause then why the fuck not!

HA: Cool, we’re glad you did!

Chris: So this is the first event for QLD, its going to be a bit of a test, but I’m hoping its going to go well. We’re following a previous model, with bands, etc, because we want the whole public involved. This is for everyone. We don’t want it to just be a ‘smokers’ event because there’s already been to much segregation – we want inclusion – this is an event for anyone who believes we should have the choice. Simple.

HA: Why do you think its important to “come out in public” as a Cannabis user/supporter/enthusiast?

Chris: Well, as I said, there’s been way too much segregation already. We want it to be normalised. We want people who don’t smoke to be within the circle with those that do; so when you’re sitting around having a coffee, one guy pulls out a cigarette, one guy pulls out a joint and no one flinches – it should just be like that, normal.

It’s also about the fact that, in general, as people, we’re not who we really are when we’re out in public. We’re one thing at home, then when we’re something else out there if we feel like we have something to hide; and that’s not fair. Not on ourselves, or, really, on the people we meet; they’re not really meeting us anyway if we’re constantly portraying this lie because we’re worried about what they will think of us. Realistically, we are photo-shopping ourselves every day.

HA: Oh man, I know what you mean – you know, when I’m stoned, its probably the closest thing I’ve found to a “truth serum” if that exists. I feel like those facades become so obvious; and it works the same if I’m the one portraying the lie, or if I’m watching someone else hiding behind their own. I feel like you can’t really bullshit someone who’s stoned.

Chris: Exactly, I feel like I’m more real when I’m stoned. I’m the type of guy that speaks from the heart and just says whatever I’m thinking – my wife calls me out for it all the time – but I think weed has really helped me become that open; I’ve always been pretty outgoing but I think it’s really helped me let go of that shell so I can just genuinely be me.

HA: I couldn’t agree more. That’s why I think it’s so important to be able to have the choice to explore our own consciousness’ as informed adults, with whatever methods we chose. When we understand ourselves, we can finally work to let down that wall which then results in better connections to our own lives, to our value, and to the people around us. That, I believe, is why we exist; to connect and grow.

Chris: For sure. Its about basic freedom and rights. Its about having the choice. That’s why we do this, and why we want people to feel supported in coming together to express who they are.

HA: And what about those who don’t support the idea so much? Do you have any tips or advice for people who are worried about police at the picnic?

Chris: Well, first, as Cannabis activists, we shouldn’t be saying that Cannabis is good for everyone, we’re just saying that everyone should have a choice.

Having said that… if you are charged with possession of under 50g, the police have to offer diversion. That’s if you get caught. Some people at the last picnic were even smoking billies – obviously discreetly and respectfully, but the cops didn’t bother anyone down there. Obviously if you’re blatantly breaking the law, the police will do their job, and we have to respect that.

HA: Yep well that makes sense, and until the people at your picnics are heard all the way up there in Parliament, we’ll have to work with it. I asked the guys at Community Law Resource Association if they could give us a quick breakdown of our legal rights and this is a quick summary of their response:

  1. If you are not under arrest, nor suspected of having committed a crime, nor being interviewed in their investigation of a crime, you do not have to give them your name or address. If they ask you for these details, and you meet the 3 criteria above, you should only say, “I’m sorry Officer, have I committed a crime?”
  2. If they say you are suspected of having committed a crime, they must provide you with sufficient grounds for the suspicion.
  3. The police can only search you if 1) you consent to be searched, or 2) if they have shown you that they have probable cause that you’ve committed a crime.
  4. Everything that you say can, and will, be held against you in court if you are charged with anything, so remember to be kind, respectful, and remember the first 3 points – if you haven’t committed a crime, and they have no reasonable suspicion that you have, you can politely refuse to engage.*

All that aside, it remind’s me that I had one last question before we go, hypothetically speaking of course, what’s your favourite way to top-up your Cannabinoid deficiencies – vape, edibles, joints, juice?

Chris: Well a year ago, I would have probably said just smoking it any way, but now with all the different products out there, dabs and wax and edibles, it’s a whole different world. My favourite, right now, is mixing oil from the flower with a terpene extract in a vape pen. The flavour is amazing, its un-explainable.

HA: Woah that sounds exciting – I’ll have to hypothetically give it a try when we see each other next! Thanks so much for your time, for organizing the event, and spreading the love to our community!

*For more information about your rights, you can read the CLRA’s response in its entirety here, or visit the CLRA on facebook, or their website.


Thanks again to Chris and Free Cannabis Queensland for setting up this event; hopefully we’ll see you all out there!


CLRA’s 101 On Your Basic Rights

Do you have to say your name if the Police ask for it?

If someone is questioned by police, and they haven’t committed a crime, but the police suspect they have, what obligation does that person have to speak to the police? Your rights change when you are “suspected” but how do we know what is legal “suspicion” as opposed to being intimidated into admitting guilt while answering unlawful questioning by the police?

In light of the upcoming Free Cannabis Qld Picnic, I asked the above questions to the Community Law Resource Association (http://clra.info/) and this was their response:

CRIMES ACT 1958 – SECT 456AA Requirement to give name and address

(1) A police officer may request a person to state his or her name and address if the police officer believes on reasonable grounds that the person—<

(a) has committed or is about to commit an offence, whether indictable or summary; or (b) may be able to assist in the investigation of an indictable offence which has been committed or is suspected of having been committed.
S. 456AA(2) amended by No. 37/2014 s. 10(Sch. item 36.12(b)).

(2) A police officer who makes a request under subsection (1) must inform the person of the grounds for his or her belief in sufficient detail to allow the person to understand the nature of the offence or suspected offence.
(4) A person who is requested by a police officer under subsection (1) to state his or her name and address may request the member to state, orally or in writing, his or her name, rank and place of duty.

(5) A police officer who, in response to a request under subsection (4)— (a) refuses or fails to comply with the request; or (b) states a name or rank that is false in a material particular; or . (c) states as his or her place of duty an address other than the name of the police station which is the police officer’s ordinary place of duty; or (d) refuses to comply with the request in writing if requested to do so— is guilty of a summary offence punishable on conviction by a level 11 fine (5 penalty units maximum).

CRIMES ACT 1958 – SECT 464I No power to detain person not under arrest

Nothing in sections 464 to 464H (except as provided by an order made under section 464B(5)) confers the power to detain against his or her will a person who is not under arrest.

456 / 464i is all you need to know; if they ask for name etc, just say… “Sorry officer have I committed a crime?” You can also quote them Kaba vs Watson and DPP vs Hamilton.


Hemployment Membership Updates

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Hello Everyone!

We’ve had a busy few months, and we’ve got some really exciting developments coming soon! We’re currently seeking feedback from any and everybody about what you want to learn, how, where, and how you think you’d fit into the industry. You can write to us at info@hemployment.com.au or, when our member area goes live in July, just join up to one of our membership programs and submit your feedback on our forum!

We’ve also just started development on an Eco-Village pilot project in partnership with EnviroProject in the US – please stay tuned for a project update and how you can get involved!

Cannabis in Australia has made some little steps in Parliament, and some major steps in cultural reform over the last few months, so the time is ripe to find out your potential in our new industry.

Thanks for your patience while we grow, and we can’t wait to hear from you!

Letter from the Founders

Thank you for your interest in Hemployment Australia, and welcome!

We created Hemployment to help people find their way in this burgeoning industry; by empowering our people to be their best, together we will create a strong and sustainable foundation for the future of Cannabis in Australia.

With regulated Medical Cannabis systems now operating in Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Czech Republic, Israel, most of the US States, and with the US Federal Government lifting the nationwide ban on Medicinal Cannabis use, we are looking at an imminent global Cannabis revolution.

Australia is poised to become a major contender in this new market, as New South Wales and Queensland have both given green lights to Medicinal Cannabis trials, and our aim at Hemployment is to provide a foundation of trusted and skilled professionals to the industry.

Hemployment was created by diverse interests united in one singular passion; to regain our sovereign rights to our bodies and our minds, and therein, re-connect to the planet we share.

Together we have created Hemployment Australia, the Education and Employment Network for the Australian Cannabis Industry. It is our hope, that by fostering relationships, facilitating connections, and expanding the skillsets of the thousands of passionate Cannavists this country has to offer, our industry can not help but succeed.

We are currently developing an online network where members can connect with each other, find businesses, join projects, purchase products and much more. Our member programs are tailored towards Individuals, Organisations, or Employers in the industry; each offering a specific set of tools to help you succeed. Depending on your desired career path, we will help you find what you need, incorporate your experience, and develop your skills. 

We want to talk about any barriers that may prevent your employment in the industry.

And we want to talk about managing a new business in the Australian hemp industry. Please contact us here to provide feedback on how we can best help you.

While the legality of Cannabis in Australia continues to be reviewed, our priority at Hemployment is the protection of our partners through strict legal adherence, and a dedication to Occupational Health and Safety. As this is a new industry, we would love your feedback to improve and develop our courses, and we appreciate your patience as we continue to learn with you.

Thank you again for your interest in Hemployment Australia, we look forward to helping you achieve your goals in this exciting new Australian industry.

Please click here to register your interest today and help us grow!

Register for the Free Virtual Cannabis Health Summit

The massive news on everyone’s lips today is the upcoming First Annual Online

Cannabis Health Summit.

Summary of the Event:

  • Free online conference starting January 23rd and going all weekend
  • Speakers giving presentations are leaders in their respective fields
  • Learn about how you can make a difference in the access to Medicinal Cannabis
  • Network with other people who want to make the world a healthier place
  • Access the latest products and tech info in the cannabis industry


Click on the image below to register!