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Byron Bay-based independent-folk-didge recording artist, Xavier Rudd, is the newest addition to the Federal Government’s advisory team, it was announced earlier today.
The 38-year-old multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter was today appointed as the chief advisor on the new roll-out medical marijuana in Australia.
As was confirmed by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt this morning, medical marijuana will soon be easier to access amid moves by the Federal Government to boost local supply and loosen importation laws.
Speaking to The Betoota Advocate today, Rudd says he’s ‘absolutely stoked to get the gig’
“I’ve been a long time supporter of freein’ the ‘erb” he said
“[laughter] anyone who’s visited my Californian Bungalow in Lennox Heads would probably tell you that I’ve done my research”
The drug, which is pitched to treat patients with chronic or painful illnesses including cancer, severe epilepsy and motor neurone disease looks to be available under the Government’s new scheme in eight weeks.
The medication is currently sourced from overseas on a case-by-case basis, but the new scheme would see local cultivation and supply with an interim fast track on importation while crops are grown.
Xavier Rudd says he’s “really keen to work with Barnaby” on the Agricultural side of cannabis as well.
“I’ve got a few secrets I’d love to share” he said, while fidgeting with a pair of clapsticks.
“For example, if you fertilise the crops with bong residue and only water it with bong water, you get a really potent skunk-hybrid”
“No need for hydro”
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said it was the “first time in history” the Government would facilitate an import process for the interim supply.