2pm Friday 1 May to 2pm Sunday 3 May

@ Nimbin Town Hall & Garden, and Indica Arena

About our Speakers

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As usual MardiGrass offers full tilt ideas and education all weekend at the 2020 HEMPOSIUM where we pull back the curtain to reveal creative and abundant places around the globe basking in the post-prohibition green glow. As Australia is just waking up to the benefits of medical cannabis, the MardiGrass HEMPOSIUM aims to inspire, as we learn and share knowledge about our favourite plant ally and healing herb. There is an impressive line-up of speakers who will share their cannabis expertise and experiences, and reveal the gains made in both Australia, and throughout other cannabis loving communities around the planet.

In 2020 we are excited to host Dr Jeffrey Hergenrather, a general practitioner from California specializing in Cannabis medicine since 1999.  Dr. Hergenrather’s practice, research, and teaching focus on the medicinal uses of Cannabis through a wide range of conditions and age groups – from infants to elder care.  He is a founding member and current president of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, a non-profit corporation dedicated to quality patient care, educational programs, and clinical studies.  Additionally, Dr. Hergenrather works as an expert witness and consultant to local governments in industry in creating safe access to Cannabis medicines.

Returning international speakers in 2020 include David Nickles, an underground ethnobotanical researcher and glassblower based out of North Carolina, and Sita von Windheim, Canadian cannabis rights activist. Both speakers are interested in how the use of plants can transform our world.

From around Australia, we welcome experts and passionate educators for medical cannabis and drug law reform. Prof Kylie O’Brien, CEO Global Health Initiative Australia, will discuss the findings from her recent book, Medicinal Cannabis and Mental Health, as well as lead a panel discussion on the spiritual dimensions of cannabis use, and delve into cannabis as a plant teacher.

Regular speakers at the Embassy’s popular Medican Workshops, Dr John Teh and Carol Ireland will also speak at MardiGrass in 2020. Dr John Teh, from PlantMed Medicinal Cannabis, has been working within the Medicinal Cannabis industry since the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use in Australia in February 2016. Treatment with natural whole plant products in conjunction with conventional medical treatment has always been his top personal priority. Carol Ireland is the CEO of Epilepsy Action Australia, and she will share the creation of a dedicated medical cannabis education portal for both patients and practitioners.

In 2020 MardiGrass is excited to welcome 2018 Churchill Fellow, Tom Forrest, who will discuss cannabis agronomy in Australia and worldwide alongside a screening of his fellowship film showing inside cannabis cultivation facilities, broad-acre cannabis farms and research centres worldwide.

Politicians joining us include David Shoebridge Greens MLC NSW, and Fiona Patten Reason MLC Victoria. Fiona will discuss how cannabis law reform has reached a tipping point in Australia and will detail her plans for legalisation in Victoria.  David will educate us about our rights with police.

MardiGrass’s usual experts return in 2020 including Steve Bolt, “Dr Pot” Andrew Katelaris, Dr Deb Waldron, Nick Wallis [Australian Psychedelic Society], and Martin Williams [Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine], as well as healers, advocates and families from the medical cannabis community.

This year’s Mardigrass HEMP Expo will promote global & local hemp solutions for medicine, food and industry featuring: Martin Ernegg [Hemp Fibre Fusion], Andrew Kavasilas [HEMP Party], Dolph Cook [Australian Cannabis University], and The Hemp Club. On Sunday, Kog and will share the truth about cultivating Cannabis at his annual Grower’s circle, and we’ve heard rumours that the legendary Tony Bower of Mullaways will be back at MardiGrass this year.

The Hemp Embassy’s Medical Cannabis workshops held in Nimbin over the last four years have attracted large numbers of the newly emerging and increasingly visible Australian cannabis demographic – families with extremely ill children, and people dealing with chronic pain and often terminal illness. The HEMPOSIUM will include real world stories from the Australian medical cannabis community, including families whose lives have changed dramatically for the better thanks to medical cannabis.

It’s time this magnificent herb was welcomed into mainstream Australian life, and the persecution and prejudice to stop. Medical cannabis has been a growing international phenomenon over the last few decades, and Australia is only now starting to catch on and catch up. The HEMPOSIUM aims to expand the mind as much as that special weed herself, and is a space to inform, learn, agitate, inspire and connect in this massively important green revolution. Join the GREEN VEST MOVEMENT and help us OVERGROW THE GOVERNMENT!

Check out the Hemposium programs from the last 10 years:

2019 Hemposium

2018 Hemposium

2017 Hemposium

2016 Hemposium

2015 Hemposium

2014 Plant Freedom Forum

2013 MardiGrass Mind Candy

2012 MardiGrass Mind Candy

2011 MardiGrass Mind Candy