Tony Bower owns a company which develops cannabis-based medicines to treat a variety of illnesses and conditions, including chronic pain, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. As a result of his arrest, some 150 individuals who rely on Bower for his cannabis-based treatments could be left uncared for.
North coast medical-cannabis producer and campaigner Tony Bower has yet again been locked up after police raided his home on Wednesday and charged him with cultivating cannabis.
Campaigners and supporters of the ‘Medicine Man’, as he’s widely known in the northern rivers, say they’re outraged at the latest targeting of Mr Bower, who owns the company Mullaways Medicinal Cannabis which supplies tincture to more than 150 people, many of them children.
He is believed to be in custody in Grafton Jail after bail was refused yesterday. Around seven police searched his property on Wednesday afternoon and laid charges.
Australian HEMP Party and Nimbin HEMP Embassy president Michael Balderstone said ’this a big hit for Tony, the absolute pioneer of medical cannabis in Australia, he’s been to jail before for showing us how beneficial cannabis can be for epileptic children’. Bower’s first time in court for growing and supplying cannabis was in 1998, at which point he was charged for cannabis cultivation. In 2013, Bower was also reportedly charged with cannabis possession and sentenced to one year behind bars. However, Bower appealed and was released after only six weeks. Then, the following year, Bower was caught with more cannabis plants and charged once again.
Bower was charged with cultivating, possessing and supplying cannabis, as well as for dealing in proceeds of crime, after police raided his New South Wales property.
He first started growing cannabis on his property after he found that it helped treat his chronic pain. When he eventually had more cannabis than he could consume, he decided to give the excess away to others who he believed could benefit from the plant’s medicinal properties.
The arrest comes as the federal government tries to improve access to medical cannabis for people suffering life-threatening or terminal illnesses.