2023 Hemposium Program Coming Soon

Panel Discussions

PANEL: Legalise Cannabis Plots & Plans
11.30 am Saturday 6 May, Indica Arena Tent

SPEAKERS: David Ettershank, Sophia Moermond, Fiona Patten, Rachel Payne, Dr Brian Walker

ABOUT: What regulations do we want to pursue at the state level, and how to get there?

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PANEL: International Cannabis Experiences
1 pm Saturday 6 May, Indica Arena Tent

FACILITATOR: Bee Mohamed, Drive Change
SPEAKERS: Paul Benhaim [Thailand], HQ [Malaysia], Marc Selan [Spain], Jason “Wilfred” Gann [USA]

ABOUT: Our panelists will share their personal experiences with Cannabis law reform and culture in other countries.

PANEL: Justice and Cannabis – Harms of Criminalisation and Over-Policing
2.30 pm Saturday 6 May Indica Arena Tent

FACILITATOR: Olivia Barlow, Sniff Off!
SPEAKERS: David Shoebridge, Will Tregoning

ABOUT: This panel will shift the conversation about cannabis law reform to focus on the harms of criminalisation and over-policing, anti-protest legislation, and targeting of First Nations people.

PANEL: Master Gardener’s Forum
2.30 pm Saturday 6 May, The Hemp Club

SPEAKERS: Gerald, Malcolm, Hanna and Leon

ABOUT: Northern Rivers hemp farmers share their wide-ranging experience.

PANEL: TGA Decision to Reschedule MDMA & Psilocybin – The Good, Bad & the Ugly
6 pm Saturday 6 May, Nimbin Town Hall

FACILITATOR: Rebecca Houghton
SPEAKERS: Dr Karen Hitchcock, Micha Lerner, Dr Martin Williams

ABOUT: The half century old War on Drugs has meant people with a mental health diagnosis have been deprived of safe and effective treatments, all in the name of pharmaceutical profits. Recently, in a surprise move that made headlines around the globe, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australia’s national regulator of drugs, poisons and pharmaceuticals made the decision to re-schedule MDMA and Psilocybin to schedule 8, under very specific and strict conditions.

This panel brings together researchers, psychologists, doctors, legal experts and advocates to discuss this decision. What it means for the future of psychological health care? Who meets the access criteria? What will this likely cost? What therapeutic training will be required for practitioners? Panelists consider whether patients are treatment-resistant or if they’ve been treatment-deprived? And examine what the cultural and societal cost of prohibition has been. 

PANEL: Cannabis for Healing, Health and Wellbeing
11.15 am Sunday 7 May, Nimbin Town Hall

FACILITATOR: Dr Brian Walker
SPEAKERS: Mirembe Campbell, Dr Karen Hitchcock, Sophia Moermond, Dr Jamie Rickcord, Dr John Teh

ABOUT: This panel will explore how Cannabis affects our health and wellbeing, and how it assists with a diverse range of ailments including serious illness. Speakers will cover our endocannabinoid system, how Cannabis treats various medical conditions, the role of terpenes, drug interactions, and how to access legal medical Cannabis. Hear from both doctors and patient experience.

PANEL: The Emerging Ecosystem in the Australian Psychedelic community
11.30 am Sunday 7 May, Hall Garden Tent

SPEAKERS: Jonathan Carmichael, EGA, Martin Williams, PRISM

ABOUT: In 2023 psychedelics are not contained within an underground bubble anymore, as they are integrated into the respectable worlds of therapy and corporate control.This panel will explore the changing landscape of the Australian psychedelic community as mainstream medicalisation and commercialism starts to emerge.

PANEL: Weed Legalisation – What’s Next?
12.30 pm Sunday 7 May, Nimbin Town Hall

FACILITATOR: David Heilpern
SPEAKERS: David Ettershank, Cate Faehrmann, Fiona Patten, Rachel Payne, David Shoebridge

ABOUT: This panel will explore a range of legalisation hot spots including – roadside drug testing and treating cannabis the same as other prescription medicine, adult use, removing past cannabis convictions, fixing the medicinal cannabis scheme, and decriminalising psychedelics.