Last week we chatted about our good mate Gina taking an oversized slice of the Australian cannabis pie.
We really loved all the feedback and hearing everyones thoughts, so we’re going to keep that going this week.
Welcome to the weekly Hinter-rag, Issue #5.
🇻🇳 Illegal Vietnamese drug syndicates profiting from Australia’s outdated cannabis laws
I found unravelling this story absolutely fascinating, and sad. It illustrates how backwards our laws currently are, and who they are hurting the most.
We waste enormous amounts of money policing a harmless plant that grows in the dirt. It’s horrendous.
Did you know the Australian government use heat seeking helicopters to locate grow houses so that they can bust people growing cannabis?
Just a few weeks ago we visited Nimbin for the Mardigrass, a harmless event where every entry to and from the town had a drug testing station setup.
What good does this serve? And who profits?
It’s not the everyday Australian who needs access to this medicine. It’s not the person being arrested for growing cannabis in the backyard.
It’s a wealthy minority who can afford to be a part of the lucrative and ineffective medical cannabis market in Australia, such as our good mate Gina.
It’s also benefiting sophisticated overseas drug syndicates.
Illegal cannabis use and large scale illegal cannabis production is growing in this country exponentially.
Over the past decade, hundreds of legal and illegal immigrants have been arrested for taking part in cultivating and supplying cannabis all across Australia. From major cities to rural towns, large outdoor farms to hole-in-the-wall houses, these Vietnamese criminal networks show no fear, and no respect, of Australia’s law – setting up their cannabis crops anywhere and everywhere they can. When caught, oftentimes they face a short jail term, and are then deported back to Vietnam.