About This Episode
Cannabis oil producer Dr Andrew Katelaris was deregistered in 2005 after refusing to stop recommending and supplying cannabis to patients. He says desperate families turn to him because they have run out of options. In defiance of the systemic injustice staring us in the face, he says, “When the law is unjust, resistance is mandatory.” In September, The Herald Sun reported that Dr Katelaris has a secret laboratory in which cannabis oil and tincture is produced. From here (near Sydney), parcels of the drug are sent out across Australia and delivered to a dozen or so children across the country.
Dr Katelaris also produces cannabis resin for adult patients, including elderly people who are terminally ill. One of his clients is a high-ranking policeman! His medicine is harvested from a number of crops grown especially for their concentration of cannabidiol. Though the mainstream media focuses on Katelaris’ felonies and the legality of his actions, there is more to the story. Dr Andrew Katelaris has been researching and promoting the industrial and medical uses of cannabis since 1988. He obtained the first ever mainland hemp growing license in 1997 and a medical growing license in 2002. His main areas of research are the nutritional benefits of hemp seed foods and their impact on disease prevention and control, the use of hempcrete for residential building construction and the medical uses of CBD/THC balanced cannabis in a diverse range of human illnesses.
In testament to the police state Australia has long since become, Dr Katelaris has been arrested a dozen times and charged with a range of drug offences—none of which should ever apply to someone providing access to the world’s most potent—and NATURAL—cancer cure! But Katelaris is determined to continue to help the children who have been declared “untreatable” by other doctors. “It’s interesting what necessity does. What the health ministers are doing is criminal. They’re depriving severely incapacitated children from a lifesaving medicine—it’s that black and white.”
Join Brendan D. Murphy and Aimee Devlin to find out exactly why Dr Katelaris vows to continue to defy the traitorous for-profit company known as the police, and provide the public with access to medicinal cannabis oil.
SBS Insight Program: Is Medical Marijuana Doing Good or Harm?
Nicole Cowles gives her 8 year old daughter Alice cannabis oil to help control her life-threatening seizures. Alice has a rare genetic disorder known as CDKL-5 which includes a form of epilepsy. Nicole says that the cannabis oil is the only thing that’s working to reduce the 20 or 30 seizures Alice can have in a day. Nicole says she can’t be sure what’s in the oil she gives Alice because it’s illegal to test it. “When you’re faced with losing your child or ttrialingsomething that you’re told you shouldn’t trial, it’s not really a choice, you trial it”.
Tony Bower provides cannabis oil to Nicole and hundreds of others around Australia. He calls his product medical cannabis tincture; although he says he’s not a doctor. Tony maintains he doesn’t provide cannabis oil to children, “I give it to the parents, the parents choose what they do with it”. Tony was convicted in August this year of cultivating a commercial quantity of cannabis and sentenced to 12 months jail. He is currently on bail and is appealing the severity of his sentence.
Bianca’s 10 year old son Declan also has a rare form of epilepsy, known as F.I.R.E.S. She says she will not will not use cannabis oil unless it’s legal, supervised by a doctor or as part of a clinical trial. Bianca is concerned about how any new treatment might interact with some of the other medications Declan is on.
Prof. Ingrid Scheffer is a child neurologist who is concerned about the number of her patients who are using or want to use cannabis oil to treat their various kinds of epilepsy. She’s worried that positive media reports about cannabis oil are overlooking the need for proper randomised placebo controlled trials which also look for side effects. Ingrid says that no true large scale studies have been done, although there is one underway overseas which she is advising on.
Damon Adams is a former police officer and member of the Australian Navy. He says he uses cannabis for pain relief from a knee injury, as well as recreationally. His preferred method of use is a vaporiser, but would use a bong or biscuits too. Damon unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Australian Senate in the 2013 Federal Election for the Drug Law Reform party.
Prof. Milton Cohen is a specialist pain medicine doctor. Milton says there is evidence that pharmaceutical cannabis can relieve some types of pain but there is not good evidence to support the use of cannabis for all kinds of pain. He’s concerned about the safety of the cannabis oil currently being provided to people.
Andrew Katelaris is a de-registered doctor who makes his own cannabis oil. He says that “there’s no human disease that cannot be touched in some way by cannabis”. Andrew supplies cannabis oil to 12 children with different forms of epilepsy.
Nimbin Mardigrass: Dr Andrew Katelaris
– Andrew Katelaris