Cannabis film to screen in Pirie

SYMPOSIUM: Podcaster Andrew Whitfield with advocate Dianah Walter at the recent symposium in Tweed Heads. Image provided.
SYMPOSIUM: Podcaster Andrew Whitfield with advocate Dianah Walter at the recent symposium in Tweed Heads. Image provided.

A compelling documentary that tells the story of Mike Gallagher who has a brain tumour and embarks on a journey to find out whether medicinal cannabis will help reduce his tumour and re-gain his eyesight will be shown in Pirie. 

High as Mike, was recently shown at the United in Compassion medicinal cannabis symposium in New South Wales in March and has now ramped up action from advocates around the country to have simplified and affordable access available to Australian health care consumers. 

Dianah Walter, a regional advocate from Moonta was incredibly moved by the documentary is now bringing it to her own audience at the Northern Festival Centre on Wednesday, May 22.

She says that the story of Mike brought her to tears, simply listening to patients and families speak of their struggles.

"I am acutely aware that there are people like those portrayed in the film in our very own communities who I hear stories of almost daily," Dianah explained.

Dianah invites anyone with a personal interest or curiosity about medicinal cannabis to join her at the showing.

"I believe that once people view High as Mike, they too will be moved and importantly gain a deeper understanding of the plight of so many through the very personal narratives in this documentary," she said.

Following the symposium, Dianah calls for multi-partisan support to fix the failed access pathways to medicinal cannabis.

She explains how it saddens her that many people who may benefit from medicinal cannabis are either turning to the alternative market to purchase it or are simply suffering needlessly because they are too frightened.

"It has almost been three years since the Federal Government announced it would legalise medicinal cannabis and fewer than 150 people have been given approval to access the medicine.

"Olivia Newton-John recently revealed she is using cannabis to treat the pain caused by her stage four breast cancer diagnosis.

"She is proud to be part of the documentary and says 'I can't advise you to break the law, but I know what I would do'."

"Olivia can't believe the challenges that Australians are currently facing," Dianah said.

Tickets to the 7pm screening on Wednesday, May 22 cost $21 and can be purchased through Fan Force.

SCREENING: High as Mike will be screen at the Port Pirie Northern Festival Centre on Wednesday, May 22. Image provided.

SCREENING: High as Mike will be screen at the Port Pirie Northern Festival Centre on Wednesday, May 22. Image provided.