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HHI Info Arena


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At the HHI Expo 2016 we had invited an array of guest speakers that enlightened and informed everyone on a number of ideas, issues, innovations and products with regard to the HEMP plant and Medicinal Cannabis.

Our 2017 Expo will showcase a number of speakers again, all experts in their field and those living with dehabilitating diseases. A weekend of information surrounding this wonderful plant, its bi-products and Medicinal Cannabis.

The hemp plant is nothing new however what can be produced with this amazing plant is astonishing. It has been used for thousands of years. In fact, refusing to grow hemp in America in the 17th and 18th centuries was illegal. You could be jailed for refusing to grow hemp from 1763 to 1769. So why is there so much resistance to this plant being grown in Australia? What are the latest developments?


HHI Expo 2017 - May 27th and 28th Sydney

Planting seeds & growing minds!

Invited Speakers 2017

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  • Ben Oakley - AN AMAZING YOUNG MAN!

    It’s not everyone who can say that they know the exact time that there life changed forever. A few people in the world know. An Accident or an Injury yes. But a Disease? Very few people in the world can say that they know the exact time it happened. My Son, Ben Oakley is one of those people. At 17 years and 40 days he was one of the youngest in the world to have been struck down with a very Rare Disease. If that was not bad enough the condition is generally a slow degeneration, Ben’s life changed in an instant! Prior to becoming systematic Ben was the single most active person I have ever known .... A 1 in a Million disease, only 20 people in Australia – Stiff Person Syndrome .... Ben has the most intense pain any human should ever have to endure when it all goes wrong! Ben is forced to be in a wheelchair for anything more than a short distance. Modern medicine does not understand Ben’s condition, the treatments that his specialist have given him are powerful, addictive and just as debilitating as the disease! That was until we were contacted by an Angel offering hope, hope in the form of Medicinal Cannabis. Ben has gone from at the worst 61 Full body muscle spasm in a day to since commencing on Cannabis oil 16 months ago 3 spasms only lasting a few minutes each! More of Ben's story at the Expo. A must to view ...Ben's Facebook Video

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    Steve entertained and enlightened everyone at the May 2016 Expo and will be back for our May 2017 Expo in Sydney. Experience a blissful sound journey and meditation. Enjoy and surf the sounds and vibrations of the Didgeridoo, Hang Drum and Native American Flute and many more soulful instruments. Travel to distant lands, universes and ancient landscapes. Hear the whales, solar winds and your own deep inner vibrations. Experience the magic of the Hemp Didgeridoo, Hang Drum, Asachan and the gorgeous Mayan Temple flute.

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  • Viola Brugnatelli – NEUROSCIENTIST

    Viola Brugnatelli is a Neuroscientist specialised in Cannabinoid circuitry, GPCRs signalling, and neuropharmacology. Her academy and research training let her gain extensive experience on medical cannabis and phytoceuticals both from preclinical as well as clinical perspective. She works as a consultant and speaker at seminars, workshops & tutorials for MDs, Universities and individual patients. She has been raised by the concepts of equality, responsibility and love towards the environment, others and oneself. In her vision, collective human knowledge behold the power for overall improvement of life at all its forms, thus, it should be accessible and shareable. Viola is currently researching therapeutic potentials of terpenes at University College of Dublin, Ireland, and established since 2014 the Science Online Magazine Nature Going Smart.

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  • Klara Marosszeky – President of the Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance

    Klara Marosszeky has been involved in the Australian Hemp industry for 17 years in both the farming and construction sectors. She is President of the Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance and Secretary of Northern Rivers Hemp as well as the Managing Director of the Australian Hemp Masonry Company (AHMC). The company supplies Australian hemp building materials for new builds and for retrofitting homes for greater energy efficiency.

    Klara is a qualified workplace trainer and assessor, with a background in sustainability education as well as in hemp construction and delivers workshops and training for Owner builders, Builders, Building designers and Architects. Since her first research crop on 2 hectares in Wollombi in the NSW Hunter Valley in 1999, Klara has grown hemp for fibre on dryland as well as irrigated farms in several regions of NSW.

    Klara is a passionate advocate for the ecological benefits of hemp, its potential for contributing to sustainable communities and regional development and the major potential for carbon sequestration that is available through the combination of sustainable hemp farming and carbon storage in hemp masonry buildings. She has recently returned from the US where she presented at the International Soil not Oil Conference in Richmond California on the value of hemp in farm crop rotations and Trinidad where she ran a workshop for Native Indian communities interested in social housing, regenerative farming and carbon sequestration with hemp.

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  • Garyn Angel – Founder & CEO of Angel Enterprises, Inc

    Garyn Angel is an award-winning financier and philanthropist from Port Richey, Florida., Inc, a company focused on identifying, and driving investment into, opportunities in the cannabis market. nextCANNABIS connects the dots for companies transforming health care, politics, and energy, thanks to benefits inherent in the versatile cannabis plant.

    Fueled by the desire to help an extremely ill friend, in 2011 Angel assisted in the development and implementation of digital sequence programming and microprocessor technology to help patients process cannabis medicine into an ingestible form that reduces toxicity and maintains consistency of preparation and dosage. That success eventually led him to advocate international cannabis law reform.

    He created the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps "medical refugees"—mainly veterans and children who need cannabis therapy when traditional treatment options have failed. His charity helps families relocate to states where cannabis medicine is legally accessible.

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  • Martin A. Lee – director of Project CBD

    Project CBD is an educational service that focuses on cannabis science and therapeutics. Martin is the author of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific, winner of the American Botanical Council's James A. Duke Award for Excellence in Botanical Literature. He is also co-founder of the media watch group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting).

    Presentation Day 1: "CBD: Game-Changer for Medical Marijuana"

    Presentation Day 2: "Beyond THC and CBD: Cannabis Therapeutics and Holistic Healing"

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    Tim Harding is a multi-award winning Australian entertainer best known for his part in the International children's TV phenomenon, Hi-5. Screened in over 200 countries, the group toured in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, the UK and Ireland. During his time with Hi-5, the group bagged 3 Logie awards, 5 ARIA awards and a Helpman award. He has fronted several bands and continues to work as a vocalist and musician. Since Tim left Hi-5 in 2007, he has worked as an actor, public speaker, writer, producer and director, creating solutions for both government and corporate organisations. More recently, Tim has received national attention because his daughter suffers from intractable epilepsy. After the failure of many conventional treatments in trying to reduce his daughter's seizures, he is now a passionate advocate of medicinal cannabis.

    "For at least 5000 years our ancestors used Cannabis for many things including medicine. It was only around 80 years ago that our perception of this plant was changed to one of fear, mistrust and moral outrage. Today we stand under the weight of mounting medical and scientific evidence, our bias against Cannabis has been unjustified and unnecessary. We are only just beginning to discover the secrets behind why humans used this amazing plant successfully for so long. It is through our love and compassion that we can let go of our fears and our prejudice and give hope and dignity to those who are suffering."

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  • Robert C. Clarke – AUTHOR, Ethnobotanist, Plant Breeder & Agronomist

    Rob Clarke has devoted his entire professional career and much of his personal life to studying the Cannabis plant and human-cannabis relationships. He is the author of “ The Botany and Ecology of Cannabis ”(1977), “ Marijuana Botany ” (1981) and “ HASHISH! ” (1998) and coauthor of “Hemp Pests and Diseases ” (2000) and “Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany ” (2013) . Rob has also written several book chapters and numerous peer-reviewed articles, as well as participating in international conferences, and his work is widely known and recognized by a popular audience as well as academic peers. Rob maintains a lengthy working relationship with HortaPharm BV in the Netherlands specializing in industrial and medicinal Cannabis breeding, and continues to serve as Projects Manager for the International Hemp Association. During the past three decades Rob has traveled extensively documenting traditional Cannabis production and use, increasingly threatened by globalization and cultural prejudice, and has assembled a comprehensive collection of Eurasian hemp textiles. Rob presently heads BioAgronomics Group an international cannabis consultancy specializing in smoothing the transition into a wholly legal and normalized cannabis market.

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  • Jason Wilcox – World-renown activist

    Appearing around the globe in the news, cannabis events, and cannabis political debates regarding the free cannabis movement, a founder of Cannabis in Canada, and Cannabis Rights Coalition, organizations offering a platform of accurate dis-emanation of information on the positive attributes and medicinal characteristics of cannabis.

    He has worked with Cannabis Dispensaries such as: Green Cross Society of BC, Vancouver Island Compassion Club Society, Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada, BC Compassion Club Society, Karuna Health Foundation and Cannabis Culture. He is at present in 2016, Growing Exposed Inc. Garden Tour Host, Online TV personality. 

    He is at present in 2016, Growing Exposed Inc. Garden Tour Host, Online TV personality.

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  • Fiona PatTen – Victorian MP and Leader of the Australian Sex Party

    Since her election to the Victorian upper house in 2014 she has successfully instigated physician assisted dying laws, a landmark inquiry into drug reform, the legalisation of ridesharing and the introduction of a bill for both safe injecting facilities and pill testing.

    ..... Fiona is a strong proponent of medicinal cannabis for many years and has mixed and met with the medicinal cannabis community for over a decade. She has criticised the limited scope of existing Victorian medicinal cannabis laws and called on the state government to make medicinal cannabis available to the same patient cohort as recommended by the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC).

  • In 2015 Fiona proposed legislative amendments in the Parliament of Victoria to this effect, has long lobbied for change in this area and hopes that we can draw on an expanding body of research work to make medicinal cannabis available to the widest possible range of patients. Fiona has travelled extensively in jurisdictions where medicinal cannabis is common and learnt much about successful and not so successful models regulation.

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  • Anastasia Suraev – Research Associate The University of Sydney

    Anastasia Suraev is a Research Associate at The Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, The University of Sydney. Anastasia graduated from Masters in Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at The University of Melbourne in 2015 where she completed her thesis on the cognitive outcomes of people with severe and treatment-resistant epilepsy, primarily Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.

  • Currently, Anastasia is coordinating the PELICAN research study, which aims to take an in-depth look into community use of cannabis-based products as treatment for paediatric epilepsy. As part of this study, she is interviewing families of children with epilepsy about their experiences with and opinions on the use of cannabis and hemp-based products as a way to manage seizures.

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  • Dr Rachna Patel

    Dr. Rachna Patel has been practicing in the area of Medical Marijuana since 2012. She step-by-step walks patients through how to safely use medical marijuana for their specific medical condition without getting high off it, without getting addicted to it, and without smoking it.

  • She speaks from the experience of having treated thousands of patients and having read research study upon research study on marijuana.

  • She completed her medical studies at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Vallejo, California) and her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). You can learn more about the work she does at

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    Nurture and nature comes naturally to Jenny. Jenny, a wildlife carer is also an 'accidental' healer of many. Accidental because her ability to heal others was born out of necessity to lessen her own pain and suffering.

  • Jenny discovered the properties of Medical Cannabis when exploring better options than opioids prescribed for her own chronic pain and fibromyalgia.

  • Compassion is one of her many qualities. Jenny is now also an enthusiastic Cannabis activist. She is driven by her own life experience and by those she has assisted. It is Jenny's dream to see safe and sound access to Medical Cannabis a reality in South Australia.

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  • DR Gary Richter – "America's Favourite Vet" treating pets with Medicinal Cannabis

    Gary Richter, MS, DVM has been practicing veterinary medicine the San Francisco Bay Area since 1998. In addition to conventional veterinary medical training, Dr. Richter is certified in veterinary acupuncture as well as veterinary chiropractic. .. Dr. Richter understands the benefits of both conventional and holistic treatment methods for the preventative and therapeutic care of pets. He focuses on the integration of holistic and general practice veterinary medicine, regenerative medicine, as well as educating professionals and pet owners on the benefits of integrative care.

  • By integrating medical cannabis with other conventional and alternative therapies, Dr. Richter has been able to improve the quality and quantity of life of pets living with medical conditions ranging from arthritis to inflammatory bowel disease to cancer. Dr. Richter and his two hospitals have been the recipients of over twenty local and national awards including “Best Veterinary Hospital”, “Best Veterinarian”, “Best Canine Therapy Facility” and “Best Alternative Medicine Provider”.

  • Montclair Veterinary Hospital and its associated non-profit, The Pet and Wildlife Fund, was named a “Pillar” of Oakland for years of community service helping pets and wildlife in need. PetPlan named Dr. Richter as one of the top ten veterinarians in the United States for 2011 and Montclair Veterinary Hospital as one of the top ten veterinary hospitals in 2013. In 2015, Dr. Richter was awarded the title, “America’s Favorite Veterinarian” by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. He has two books being published in 2017. “Integrative Medicine For Dogs and Cats” ... and “CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Healing With Medical Cannabis”.

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  • Andrew Kavasilas – HEMP FARMER, President of the Northern River Hemp Association

    Andrew Kavasilas is a contemporary pioneer of emerging Australian cannabis industries, a noted cannabis researcher, he has worked, coordinated and funded many projects under various government permits since 1999, including the growing high THC cannabis.

  • Currently, Andrew is Secretary of the Australian HEMP Party, a NSW licensed hemp grower and continues with ongoing broad acre trials. For the past 6 years Andrew has undertaken breeding programs to refine low THC cannabis varieties for seed and fibre production, and other scientific exploration.

  • Andrew sees great opportunities in future Australian hemp industries, especially around hemp seed foods as legislation moves to formally allow its consumption in Australia which would allow Australian farmers and processors access to expanding international markets.

  • Please take the time to have a look at snap shot of Andrew's work at the live cannabis plant display, an Australian first in public exhibition.

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    Born in Poland Teresa worked as a junior doctor in a hospital in Glogow, a small town not too far from the German border. Arriving in Australia in 1987, she worked in Fairfield and Liverpool hospital then General Practice from 1993. She worked as a solo GP for a few years, then in a small family practice and later in large medical centres, currently based in Katoomba.

  • Over the years Teresa embraced different aspects of healing, not only as a doctor but as a patient as well. When going through breast cancer 16 years ago, she learnt about different patient's attitudes and expectations realising that modern medicine is very much based on evidence. "The absence of evidence is no evidence of absence. We need balance and we need to listen to patients as well".

  • Healing occurs on many levels, physical, emotional and spiritual and Teresa sees great potential in cannabis which is an ancient, sophisticated and diverse medicine, is very interested in further learning, research and the application of cannabis in general practice.

  • "I am hoping that it will be legalised and regulated soon, so doctors and patients can take advantage of its great healing potential".


The HHI Expo 2016 was a HUGE success. The Sydney Expo 2017 is held over two days commencing Saturday 27th May to Sunday 28th May 2017, we invite you to contact us for more details. Secure your spot. Get in early so you do not miss out on this special event!