hemposium 2 2019


FRIDAY 3 MAY @ Nimbin Town Hall

12 pm : Miss Guidance, Nimbin HEMP Embassy

Hemposium Welcome!

12 pm : Mae Moon, Twelve High Chicks, Canada

Topic: Life in Canada Post-Prohibition
About: Recreational cannabis became legal federally in Canada on 17 October 2018. What are the ramifications for existing cannabis businesses?

12.30 pm : Adela Falk, POW420

Topic: The Bureaucracy of Cannabis Prohibition
About: The Creation of cannabis prohibition has led to mass incarcerations, long sentences in prison, the prison industry complex, the privatization of prisons, and prison/slave labor. The Rhetoric and Propaganda of cannabis prohibition has created unjust cannabis laws, mass regulation of business and private use, and mass regulation between doctor and patients rights. The Bureaucracy of cannabis prohibition has also separated, via an arbitrary number created by the government, Industrial Hemp and Cannabis. We have a Personal Responsibility to be the change we want to see! Vote! Take Action! Call out our government officials – the people who represent us – for allowing bad laws. Run for government office yourself!

1 pm : David Shoebridge, Greens MLC NSW

Topic: Your rights with police – how to stay out of trouble and hold them to account
About: A workshop canvassing police powers, advice on how to deal with them in different situations such as a personal search or roadside drug testing, and how to make a complaint.

2 pm : Fiona Patten

Topic: TBA
About: TBA

3 pm : TBA

About: Panel discussion
Speakers include: TBA


SATURDAY 4 MAY @ Nimbin Town Hall

10 am : Michael Balderstone, Nimbin HEMP Embassy

Hemposium Welcome!

10 am : Sita von Windheim, Canada

Topic: TBA
About: TBA

11 am : Elvy Musikka, Medical Cannabis Advocate, USA

Topic: Ignorance Blinds Us
About: Elvy will outline a history of cannabis prohibition worldwide, and how her personal experience in using cannabis to treat her Glaucoma has turned out to be a significant part of that history. A number of decades ago her home was raided, she was arrested, but the Court dismissed the charges. This led to Elvy being placed in the IND Compassionate Use program: where she receives 300 x 1 gram cannabis joints monthly from the US Federal Government. She will reflect on how this privilege has created a responsibility for her educate people about cannabis, in all its uses, from medicinal through to recreational.

12 pm : Alice O’Leary-Randall, Medical Cannabis Pioneer, USA

Topic: The Long and Winding Road of Medical Cannabis
About: Alice O’Leary Randall is true cannabis pioneer, co-founding the medical marijuana movement with her late husband Robert C. Randall in 1976. For more than two decades Robert and Alice worked tirelessly to reform the prohibitions against cannabis, educating a skeptical public about the medicinal value of cannabis and contributing to its re-emergence as a therapeutic agent.

Alice will discuss the period in the U.S. from 1975 until Robert’s untimely death in 2001. Few people realize that prior to the passage of California Prop 215, there was an effort by 34 states to legalize medicinal cannabis and provide patients with federal supplies of cannabis. Australia played a critical role in the very early days of Randall and O’Leary’s efforts, as Nimbin attendees will learn during Alice’s presentation.

In addition to reviewing the early days of the medical cannabis movement, Alice will look at the current global efforts to legalize cannabis for medical and recreational use. As editor-in-chief of the Mary’s Medicinals publications program, Alice is a frequent attendee at conferences around the world.  She will share her insights into witnessing this extraordinary time of cannabis and hemp renaissance.

1 pm : Charly Bedrossian, Cannabis College Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Topic: Educating the Cannabis Industry
About: In his presentation, Charly will share the history of the Cannabis College, explore the importance of education in today and tomorrow’s cannabis industry, and discuss how to avoid the most common mistakes.

2 pm : David Nickles

Topic: TBA
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3 pm : Patrick Vrolyk, Redbeard Glass, Canada

Topic: Redbeard-a-rama….. What I did, and How I Done It.
About: This comedic presentation will cover the history of Redbeard Glass, what started it all, why it happened, and How He Does It Now…. “Get to Work, Eh!”

4 pm Break for Kombi Konvoy & 420 Smoke-In


6 pm : Mediweed Hypothetical

About: Hypothetical discussion Hosted by Dr Deb

Shades of Geoffrey Robertson. Putting an panel of 10 on the spot using a hypothetical case that features many of the dilemmas and problems facing cannabis – for those who use it and those who control it. Hear what patients, politicians, growers and oil-makers of medical cannabis, and more have to say – when no preparation is allowed.

Speakers include: TBA

SATURDAY 4 MAY @ Disco Sista’s Tent, Indica Arena

12 pm : Mae Moon, Twelve High Chicks, Canada

Topic: THC ~ Vol 2
About: Weedwoman, Mae Moon, discusses the next iteration of her amazing Twelve High Chicks magazine.

1 pm : Dr Deb Waldron

Topic: How Cannabis Helps the Body Heal
About: Cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 are designed by the body to be specific targets for THC, while our natural endocannabinoids help to synthesize it. The process of THC-cannabinoid receptor binding and what this does for the body is what researchers have been studying for over two decades. They are doing this in order to find out exactly how cannabis works in healing cancer.

2 pm : Dr Andrew Katelaris

Topic: Medican Q&A
About: Dr Katelaris will speak about the benefits of hemp food and cannabis concentrates for the prevention and treatment of ill health. 


SATURDAY 4 MAY @ Hemp Tent, Indica Arena

This years Mardigrass Hemp Tent will promote global & local hemp solutions for industry, medical and food use. Our highly experienced Hempies have had many years of experience in developing all things HEMP! Discover the past, present and future of Hemp farming and learn about the exciting cutting edge discoveries and advancements in the growing field of Hemp science!


11 am Dolph Cooke, Australian Cannabis University

Topic: The Wide-Ranging Aspects of Cannabis
AboutDolph is a cannabis grower and educator with 6 years organic cannabis experience and 9 years soil training. He is the current Dean of the Australian Cannabis University and will talk on all aspects of cannabis.

12 pm Martin Ernegg, Hemp Fibre Fusion

Topic:  The Future of Hemp Nano Fibre Structural Materials
AboutMartin is the developer and inventor of Hemp Fusion (nano technology) a system that uses only hemp and water to create amazingly super strong environment friendly materials. Martin currently makes musical Instruments, jewellery, furniture and boxes & bowls that are eco friendly and fully recyclable. Martin’s hemp workshop has moved to Nimbin and will be running later this year. He will talk on developing his materials for a wide range of industrial uses for carbon neutral global friendly consumer goods that even help to reverse greenhouse. Link to information snapshot of the Molding Matrix.

1 pm Glen Ossy-Orley, Hemp Farmer Western Australia

Topic:  Industrial Hemp – The Benefits of a Hemp Cooperative
Become a hemp fam! Grown your own hemp! Glen will talk about his experience of Hemp farming and the need for Cooperation in developing all things hemp in Australia. Glen is WA’s biggest hemp farmer, and has had many years experience with the beautiful and intelligent plant and is passionate about educating people for all things hemp!

2 pm : Andrew Kavasilas, Founder Vitahemp

Topic: Medical Cannabis
About: Examining the politics side of things, as well as continuing to illustrate the smoke and mirrors by governments on the medical Cannabis issue, also clarifying what other countries appear to be doing and why those Cannabis law reforms can’t simply be done in Australia.

3 pm : Panel Discussion – Future Pathways  of Industrial Hemp

Topic: The need for innovators and investment in the Hemp industry in Australia
About This panel will focus on innovations in the Hemp Industry that should be supported into fruition.

Australia manufactures very little. We mindlessly ship most things in and we ship out our resources. Yet there’s never been a greater need for people to really think about the things they’re buying. About what they’re made of and about what they’ll affect when they’re disposed of. China no longer wants our waste, so we’re being forced back to finding domestic solutions.

Hemp is a phenomenal feedstock for manufacturing and we have the laws to create a bio-based economy now. The flow on benefits for the environment would be huge. There are few crops that are so beneficial to degraded ecosystems. What’s missing still are innovators and investors to back their product ideas. Who is making Australian hemp sunglasses?

We also need to communicate with leaders in existing industries to introduce them to the potential of incorporating hemp in smaller and larger quantities, to improve existing products. There should for example be some engagement with the marine industry. They used to know a lot about hemp …

Speakers include: Glenn Ossy-Orley, Ben, Dan Atkins, Klara Marosszeky, Martin Ernegg

SUNDAY 5 MAY @ Nimbin Town Hall

11 am : Steve Bolt, Solicitor & Author

About: Legal Advice including Roadside Drug Testing and Medicinal Cannabis

12 pm : TBA

About: Panel discussion
Speakers include: TBA

1 pm : TBA

About: Panel discussion
Speakers include: TBA

SUNDAY 5 MAY @ Disco Sista’s Tent, Indica Arena

12 pm : Kog’s Growers Circle

About: Sharing the Truth about cultivating Cannabis. Kog is the author of Marijuana: A Grower’s Lot

1 pm : TBA

Topic: TBA
About: TBA

SUNDAY 5 MAY @ HEMP Tent, Indica Arena

10 am : Dan Atkins, Sustainability Advocate

Topic: Hemp & the Circular Economy
About: How Industrial Hemp enables the circular economy on a local, regional, national and international level.

10.45 am : Klara Marosszeky – Australian Hemp Masonry Company

Topic: Carbon neutral construction in Australia with hemp – the possibilities

AboutThe walls of a small hemp cabin store close to 2 tonnes of carbon. An average sized home with hemp-lime subfloor and roofing insulation and hemp walls, will lock up about 4 – 5 tonnes. Further along the spectrum, the Marks and Spencer Hemp retail store in Cheshire Oaks in the UK has locked up 500 tonnes of carbon in its external hemp walls and by all accounts they have massive energy savings compared to their other stores.

This presentation showcases some of the Hemp Homes small and large that have been built in Australia in the past few years and explains the benefits of living in hemp for the building occupants, as well as the benefits of hemp fibre production to the land and to emissions reduction. Some are owner builds, some are large architect designed homes. We’re just underway with our first commercial build.

Hemp fibre crops produce an ideal building biomass. Hempcrete homes are energy efficient and thermally comfortable in hot or cold climates. They don’t get mouldy and they’re also great acoustically. These characteristics make it a very effective building material for Australia’s urban, regional and remote environments.

11.30 am : Keith Bolton – EcoTeam

Topic:  Fibre, food and pharmaceuticals: Establishing the Australian hemp industry

12.30 pm : Industrial Hemp Growing Panel

Topic: The Need for A Hemp Co-op in Australia and setting up Processes for Industrial Medicinal and Food Hemp
About: The need to set up Co–operatives and Health Farms for developing hemp industries in Australia. How to get into growing and developing markets for Hemp in Australia and overseas.

Speakers include: Wadzy (Wayne Wadsworth) [Health Farms International], Gerald Taylor [The Hemp Club], Keith Bolton [EcoTeam]