THE BURGERS weren’t bigger at Southern Cross University yesterday as hundreds hoed into a bevy of hemp seed foods at the Australian drug law reform symposium.
Nonetheless the crowds were happy as they broke for lunch to sample the range of culinary cannabis prepared by Nimbin’s Polite Force.
The menu included the little burgers, wraps, slices, cakes and cookies.
‘Constable’ Simonetta Zigaldo assured us the hemp seed was legal and contained no active THC content to inhibit our motor functions or analytical aptitude.
“It’s the opposite,” she assured us.
“Hemp seed oil makes you very healthy. It’s full of omega six and nine.”
A large sample bag snapped up by the malnourished editorial staff of The Northern Star newsroom tested the theory – and you can judge the results for yourself in today’s pages.
“It’s taken lots of experience from a big team at the Nimbin Hemp Embassy to get the recipes right,” said Ms Zigaldo.
“Our cakes won first and second prizes at the North Coast National, though they didn’t realise it was hemp seed.
“The ladies were a bit worried when they found out.”
Dr Alex Wodak, president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, headed the panel and spoke of the social, cultural, legal and political incongruities of cannabis.
He said Australia lagged behind most other countries in cannabis reform, and advocated for theseparation of the medicinal and recreational use debates.
He said the science for medicinal cannabis was getting stronger, and pharmaceutical companies that were exploring medicinal cannabis were doing well, but the main benefit was the potentialreduction of opioid use.
In regard to recreational use, Dr Wodak explained the cost of policing cannabis far outweighed the benefits.
“This is the section of society who are getting arrested and charged and convicted. The cost ends up affecting everyone.
“I think it’s ridiculous to have to have nine police offices stationed in a small town like Nimbin,” he said.
“Those scarce police resources could be better spent cleaning up violent crimes and robberies.”