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Medicinal cannabis supplier raided by South Australia police, reported for drug offences

January 5, 2017

One medicinal cannabis user says the oil has changed his life.

An Adelaide woman who gives away cannabis oil products to the sick and terminally ill for free has been reported for drug offences after police raided her home, her lawyer says.

Jenny Hallam, 44, had a number of products and equipment seized from her Hillier home, in Adelaide's north, after it was raided by police on Wednesday morning.

Her lawyer Heather Stokes said Ms Hallam gives away the cannabis oil products for free and her actions should not be regarded as criminal.

"The fact that it happened at all, simply because there's some black and white letter in South Australia at the moment that says it's against the law is close to outrageous," Ms Stokes said.

"In some places, like New South Wales, there are directives for police to exercise some discretion about whether they charge some people.

"There are certainly people who will suffer, absolutely no doubt there are people who will suffer."

Ms Hallam tweeted a case study of a Queensland child with a terminal illness who uses some of her cannabis oil.

She said the little girl would die without the oil.

One of Ms Hallam's customers, Ben Oakley from Wollongong, said he uses the drug to relieve pain and life-threatening seizures he suffers from the rare neurological condition known as stiff person syndrome.

Mr Oakley said his syndrome used to prevent him from leaving his home.

Medicinal cannabis 'changed user's life'


Before using the oil Mr Oakley said he had suffered from more than 600 spasms over four years, some of which lasted up to two hours.

While being on the medicinal cannabis over the past 19 months, he said has only had three spasms, which lasted no more than 20 seconds each.

"My supplier, a person who has changed my life, if not saved my life, Jenny Hallam, you are incredible," he said.

"You've been able to give me the life I thought I was going to lose.

"It's pretty disappointing the police have raided her and taken all of her crops."

Investigations continuing into cannabis raid, police say

Mr Oakley said he will run out of the oil in a few months and does not know whether he will have access to another product before his supply runs out.

He said he believed Ms Hallam supplied the oil to a number of people nationwide.

A police spokesperson confirmed to the ABC a 44-year-old woman from Hillier had been reported for drug-related offences on Wednesday and that chemicals and other substances were seized from the address.

Police said the chemicals would be forensically analysed and that investigations were continuing.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-05/medicinal-cannabis-supplier's-home-raided-in-sa/8162998

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