At this time in Australia, only a “defined group of patients” have access to medicinal cannabis, which includes youngsters with “severe intractable epilepsy”. But even though the government embarks on the extended approach of implementing legal medicinal cannabis schemes for these beyond the existing legislation, desperate individuals have been forced to supply medicine from the black industry.
In Stealthcare, VICE embeds with illegal growers and the individuals they service, exploring the challenges surrounding access to medicinal cannabis. These growers, basically cannabis enthusiasts, normally donate their item for tiny or no price, at good private danger. Scarred by jealous drug dealers, police raids and government persecution, these “Compassion Clubs” are forced to operate on the black industry exactly where they can provide the medicine to sufferers.
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