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Dr Andrew Katelaris Letter to The Premier

To good people everywhere.
Today is Sunday and Dr Andrew Katelaris asked if I would be kind enough to share with you all his recent letter to the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, concerning his continued fight to help children with intractable epilepsy and other serious conditions as matter of medical necessity.
How unfortunate is it, that we exist at a time in Australia where good people are criminalised for providing such assistance to our children and grandchildren. I ask the question, what kind of government do we actually have that continues to persecute both people helping those in need, and the families and children themselves. It is painful to see sick children, especially those who have been forcibly removed from their kind loving families, being forced to take allopathic medicines that have been proven ineffective for their conditions, when I have also seen with my own eyes the immense benefits of medicinal cannabis with those same children. What kind of society have we become that creates such needless suffering to so many children and families all around the country, and at what cost. It is my belief that when a government condones and supports the needless suffering of its own children, for what appears to be nothing more than greed and self interest, that government will soon cease to exist.
Let us all pray for positive change, let us also pray for righteous retribution of all those whom are fully culpable, and  lets us all vote for Independents in the coming State and Federal Elections, Amen.
All You Need Is Love xxx Pastor Paul
5th December, 2018
Dr Andrew Katelaris 
P.O. Box 3261
North Turramurra 2075
Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, 
Premier of New South Wales
Parliament House, Sydney
Madame,
You would undoubtedly be aware of the great benefit provided by medical cannabis to certain children afflicted by conditions not amenable to current allopathic treatment, such as intractable epilepsy, autism and Tourette’s Syndrome, amongst others. 
Last week I was acquitted of criminal charges involving a large quantity of cannabis leaf and cannabis oil, charges which carried a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.  The jury of twelve found I had acted out of medical necessity, forced into breaking the law to provide life saving medicine to those afflicted children, there being no available alternative.  The jury also heard that carefully prepared artisanal cannabis may be more medically efficacious than the pharmaceutical preparations currently available.  
The government, both state and federal, should take the responsibility for providing the best possible medical care, especially to the most vulnerable of sick children, but regarding medical cannabis it has adopted an obstructionist policy, sanctioning only pharmaceutical cannabis, which is limited in supply, very expensive and of reduced effectiveness, compared with whole plant artisanal extracts.  
The cost to the public purse for my prosecution was large.  My lab was raided by twelve officers who spent the whole day there.  I was arrested and detained for two days until released on bail.  Some months later bail was revoked and I was incarcerated for two months in a maximum security gaol, until granted bail in the district court.  Some month later I was arrested for the possession of 25ml of massage oil, deemed to be cannabis by the arresting officer, but found to be non-drug massage oil by analysis, not performed until five months after my arrest.  I spent four months in Cessnock maximum security gaol, was refused bail by a Supreme Court judge and finally granted bail by the Court of Criminal Appeal and then had the charges dropped for lack of substance.  
My trial went for four weeks in the District Court, with a detective in attendance each day, obviously ignoring other more important duties.  There were other expenses involving analysis and unnecessary fingerprint and DNA testing.  The total cost would be well into six figures.  In addition, each child with intractable epilepsy not treated effectively with medical cannabis continues to burden the health system with emergency ambulance call-out, doctors consultations, pharmaceutical expenses and frequent hospital admissions, often to intensive care.  
I have sent copies of this letter to your police minister Troy Grant, who has been quoted as saying how passionately he cares about protecting children and to Mike Fuller, his Commissioner.  Now is the time to prove this is more than hollow words.  The only humane and practical way forward with medical cannabis is to instigate an urgent moratorium on police interdiction on cannabis produced or ingested for medical purposes.  In pharmacological terms cannabis is much safer than paracetamol.  Issues of potency and purity are easily dealt with by providing access to analytical facilities.  
Any reasonable person should consider the care and well being of children to be a priority, but here we see instruments of your government used to harass patients, their families and carers and to restrict access to life saving medicine to those afflicted with severe conditions.  A moratorium can be applied as a matter of policy, without the need for a law change, which can be a lengthy process.  The patients we are dealing with do not have the luxury of this delay.  As demonstrated by the jury of twelve, representing the people of this State, the laws restricting access to medical cannabis are onerous and oppressive and may and indeed should be ignored for the greater good.
I am prepared to meet with you or your delegates to provide further information on this vital topic, so that a moratorium can be applied with the least possible delay.  I can be contacted by email at andrew.katelaris@gmail.com
Sincerely,
Dr Andrew Katelaris MD

 

cc. Hon Troy Grant, Minister for Police 
Mick Fuller, Commissioner of Police
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Cutting To the Chase

“Cutting to the Chase”

To good people everywhere.

As I knew would eventually happen, unfortunately my Private Prosecution R v FACS caseworker  was today withdrawn and closed down by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). So regrettably, not even Magistrate Price could keep it open for it to go to committal, as much as I truly and sincerely believe he did all he possibly could to assist me as a self represented individual. What I believe was clear to all the people present in the gallery, is that in this matter the court was most certainly not the determining body.

A government department controlled the court and even if Magistrate Price could have kept the matter open the DPP as the prosecuting body would have closed it anyway. The good news is, it took sometime as both the DPP and the crown solicitor had to produce delegated authority from the director himself and fortunately as the DPP took the matter over he cannot in this instance pursue me for thousands of dollars in costs. 

I am going to request the transcript from the Registrar so I can share it with you all, to demonstrate to you what I have learnt is the truth about our judicial system. I personally felt I managed my arguments very well considering my limited skills and lack of funds, and I did this with as much dignity as I could in the situation. I believe all who witnessed today would now understand that true justice is not available to the good common folk and although I did not legally win, it was most certainly a victory for real truth which even the Magistrate himself acknowledged through his compassion for myself and the situation. This outcome was not his fault, he simply did not have the power to leave this matter open and to allow it to proceed, that was removed by the DPP and are matters of law created through the will of parliament and as I understand it, I have no right of appeal because it is not a court decision. 

Even though I discussed the element of force being used at some length, this was not something the Magistrate had any jurisdiction over, that is, the DPP’s reasoning was not able to be challenged in any way, he simply took the matter over and closed it with no right of appeal or review that I can at this time determine. Basically in plain English, the DPP can pretty much determine what he wants and you cannot challenge or reason with that, nor can the Magistrate.

I of course still have four court matters in process, two for, and two against, that begin again from late January 2019 so this battle is far from over. I would like to personally thank all of you who came to support me, and all that were and are sending loving support from everywhere.

I will of course, along with many of you, continue to fight with all my heart for a future for all of our children and grandchildren, and together we will continue to “cut to the chase”.

Kindest regards, God Bless and never forget 

All You Need Is Love xxx Pastor Paul 

Private Prosecution Court Update

To good people everywhere.

I am happy to report that although the deputy director of public prosecutions  has asked the court to simply close down, and remove from the listing, my private prosecution about a certain child who was removed from the Church and Wellness Clinic around mid 2017, Magistrate Price has confirmed that the matter is still listed for tomorrow. I therefore have my last opportunity to argue this matter before the Deputy DPP simply attempts again for the second time to shut it down and throw it out. 

The primary reason they claim they will close it down without even a hearing, is that there was NO FORCE used when the child was removed. The matter is listed from 9.30am in the Newcastle Local Court Courtroom 2.1 tomorrow Friday 7th of December. For those of you wishing to attend and who care about this matter as much as I do, may I please ask that you be on your best behaviour and I would like the support of as many people as possible to attend to show his Honour how concerned we all are. I believe to not even allow this matter to be heard brings the administration of justice into complete and utter disrepute and in my opinion this could be the end of the rule of law and any chance of us being able to protect our children and other members of our assembly from this apalling systemic abuse. After 18 months of fighting to even have this matter heard I doubt with the governments continued persecution of me and the numerous court matters now on foot , that I will be able to continue for much longer as they have attempted to destroy everything that I hold dear and my life has been changed forever. I pray for righteous retribution and I ask all those tho cannot attend to please hold us and especially the child whom I cannot name in their prayers from 9.30am tomorrow morning.

I understand the good Dr will also be in attendance after his recent district court victory for treating children with intractable epilepsy with cannabis as a matter of medical necessity.

Kindest regards, God Bless and please remember

All You Need Is Love xxx Pastor Paul