Dr Deb, as she is fondly known, is the Legalise Cannabis Qld Party candidate for the seat of Southern Downs. A popular Cannabis educator, herbalist and retired former country GP. She lives in Goondiwindi with her husband and has a large brood of kids and grandchildren. She is the current Co-President of the Legalise Cannabis Qld Party Steering Committee and has been a tireless advocate for Cannabis law reform.
Dr Deb is also a survivor. That she survived end stage melanoma, in the midst of external forces also trying to destroy her, is a miracle. Deb is tough and believes this will help her survive politics. She has almost completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Western Herbal Medicine) and has a background in rural and indigenous medicine, with extra training in palliative care, chronic pain management, addiction medicine, emergency medicine and GP psychiatry. She has the unique ability of seeing both sides, due to of her own complicated medical history.
While searching for alternative cancer treatments, she re-discovered Cannabis and through her years of extensive research, she is now convinced that this unique and amazing plant is capable of safely relieving the pain and suffering of millions. When it comes to medical Cannabis, she knows her stuff. Since being in remission, Dr Deb has been very active in promoting the need for Cannabis law reform. She has spoken at, and helped organise, rallies and has been educating the public on medical Cannabis at regular workshops etc., as well as attending symposiums and expos.
Dr Deb says she can no longer tolerate the suffering and death that have been caused by withholding this safe and effective medicine for no logical reason and believes that Cannabis should have been made fully legal five years ago, when the process of legislation began. Today, medical Cannabis growers are having to export their product overseas, as the TGA rules and costs are too onerous to supply the domestic market and this leaves patients paying ridiculously high prices for imported medical products. Dr Deb believes it is imperative that these laws are changed and says it is incredible to think we have had to form a new political party in order to try and get this done in Queensland.
Just as important to Dr Deb, as the wife of a farmer and stockman, are the difficulties faced in the black soil region. She hopes to show how hemp (and other similar crops) can prove to be lucrative, environmentally sustainable and offer a huge variety of end-product options, no matter the climate or soil. While Cannabis remains illegal and the stigma remains in place, it is not possible to establish and grow an effective hemp industry. Last but not least, she points out that the issue of Cannabis touches so many other areas – the right to choose what treatments we put into our bodies; the right to clean soil, water and air; reduction of the damage to, and healing of, our planet… and on.
Dr Deb can see the need to encourage and support industrial hemp growing in Queensland and the need to subsidise legal medical products. She wants to see an end to Cannabis related arrests that ruin lives and believes that a regulated recreational Cannabis market, taxed at a fair and manageable rate for small business, will alleviate the need for people in Queensland to run the gauntlet of the law.
In order to do this Cannabis needs to be fully legal. It is SAFE to do this, and there is a wealth of evidence to support it. Dr Deb fully believes that not only is Cannabis capable of safely relieving pain and suffering, it has the potential, in all its forms, to be an economy-changing industry and she wants Queensland to lead the way forward.
If you want to see Queensland prosper, Vote 1, Dr Deb Waldron for Southern Downs in October.