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make a sequel to A Life of it's Own documentary.

Hi, my name is Lucy. Do you want to join me in making a difference? I'm raising money in aid of United in Compassion Limited and every donation will help. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me.

In 2014, my 24-year-old son Dan, was dying of stage 4 bowel cancer. He was in a bad way and the only medicine that helped quell his chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting was cannabis.

It helped him better than any pharmaceutical, but suddenly we were both criminals. He was a criminal for using it and I was a criminal for supplying it for him. To me, that just didn't seem right!

Together we formed United in Compassion to lobby the government to change this outdated law and to make medicinal cannabis legal for sick, dying and suffering Australians like Dan.

With the help of journalist Helen Kapalos, we made the documentary A Life of it's Own, the truth about medical marijuana. You can still see this documentary on Netflix! I am extremely proud of this documentary which is well known around the world today.

A Life of it's Own began the conversation that Australia needed to have and began to educate our community about the medical uses of cannabis which had fallen into disrepute......a victim of the global war on recreational drug use.

On the first anniversary of Dan's death in 2016, Australian laws were changed. This seemed like a victory at first until many barriers and obstacles began to be thrown in the way of genuine patients and so, United in Compassion continued working in the sector to try and overcome the barriers including the ongoing stigma that still exists.

Ten years on, Helen Kapalos and United in Compassion would like to complete the story by telling the rest of the story through a sequel. This, we hope will help so many Australian patients to improve their access and therefore their quality of life.

The first documentary light the fuse that ignited the debate and began to educate of health professionals about the endocannabinoid system. It helped them understand why cannabis is such a helpful medicine for so many conditions like intractable epilepsy, chronic pain, autism and cancer symptoms.

Australian patients are demonstrating their need for an alternative to pharmaceuticals by turning to cannabis in their thousands. We would like to continue to inform, educate and support those patients in a way that is scientifically factual, and evidence based.

It is also important to tell Australia's medicinal cannabis story- this is history in the making so worthwhile improving the situation for patients so that the Dan's of tomorrow do not suffer the same fate.

It has taken huge efforts over almost a decade to convince politicians and health professionals to open their ears to the truth about the therapeutic value of cannabis. There are still many who hold on to longstanding propaganda and refuse to acknowledge the evidence before their eyes. This documentary will examine all aspects of the sector from the supply chain to the research, but most importantly, it will demonstrate the human face through personal experiences which are so frequently overlooked.

I will never forget the sacrifice Dan made in being the one to go public and challenge cruel laws. All these years on, I have extended family members who would benefit from medicinal cannabis, and I am sure that you would too.


Lucy Haslam
Bli Bli QLD
United in Compassion Limited
Registered nonprofit
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