medical drug plan
11 Jan, 2011 08:26 AM
FOR two years Tony Bower has been providing pain relief for
hundreds of critically ill people with medicines manufactured
from cannabis plants.
Mr Bower, a resident of Maria River, began to experiment with
the medicinal qualities of cannabis some 12 years ago - extracting
parts of the plant to make medicines that have proven particularly
beneficial for cancer sufferers, arthritis patients and even
those with HIV.
Patients were so appreciative of Mr Bower’s work he was
nominated for an Australian of the Year award as part of this
year’s annual Australia Day celebrations.
Twelve months ago Mr Bower received approval from the Therapeutic
Goods Administration to begin manufacturing his drugs on a large
But his plans have been put temporarily on hold because the
State government refuses to grant him approval to mass produce
and research his cannabis extraction methods.
Mr Bower admits to a colourful history.
He has held numerous odd-jobs and began experimenting with
cannabis extraction after travelling to the Cannabis Cup in
Soon after, he was charged with possession by police, a charge
which was later dismissed after Mr Bower produced a letter from
his GP stating his use of the drug was medically beneficial.
Mr Bower was involved in a serious motorcycle accident 30 years
ago and uses marijuana extracts to alleviate chronic pain.
He emerged from his brush with the law with what amounted to
an exemption to grow cannabis for medical use.
Since then he has continued to refine his processes and has
developed two tinctures, one a hemp seed oil and the other a
type of alcohol, which are used to to provide pain relief.
During the extraction process Mr Bower removes the main psychoactive
component of the cannabis plant, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
“If you have too much (of the drug), it will simply put
you to sleep,” he said.
Mr Bower formed a company, Mullaway’s Medicinal Cannabis,
and two years ago started to provide his products to chronically
ill people along the east coast, travelling between Port Macquarie
RE: The MardiGrass Program
I'd like everyone to carry a letter from their doctor stating
their conditions. This will fulfill their obligations to the
Therapeutic Goods Administration Special Access Scheme.
Police then must ask you if you have a genuine reason to possess
the cannabis; or a letter from your doctor confirming your condition.
Quoting Jillian Skinner, NSW Minister for Health; 'As you may
be aware, approval for medical cannabis is an issue that rests
solely with the Federal Governments Therapeutic Goods Administration.'
For anyone registered with Mullaways Medical Cannabis Pty. Lty.,
or who wish to register, their will be new tinctures and other
extractions there for them to try.
Forms will also be issued to gather any feedback.
I will be available to talk to people in/at the Medical Cannabis
Tent throughout... figure out the times to announce when we
Australian made Medical Cannabis products will be available
in Australia in the very near future.
The suffering will stop.
We will be organising, in conjunction with the Hemp Embassy,
a special event/function for the overseas and invited guests.
* :) HAPPY MARDIGRASS :) *
Don't Say Anything, Just Mullaway... :)
Anthony D Bower
Mullaway's Medical Cannabis Pty Ltd