Lanai’s son Lindsay (a brain tumour and epilepsy patient) was successfully recommended and treated with medical cannabis in USA throughout 2014. After returning to Australia she co -founded an advisory group in 2015 which successfully worked to open pathways for medical cannabis access for patients.
In 2016 Lanai’s son Lindsay became the first federally approved botanical medical cannabis patient in Australia after a 19 month tumultuous journey fraught with many challenges. Part of this journey was undertaking multiple legal processes before regulations were finally changed and Lindsay was granted approval for vaporised cannabis flower and oil.
In 2018 after a limitations and interruptions to Lindsay’s medical supply in Australia Lanai successfully obtained specific exemptions from the Canadian government for her son to import medical cannabis from Canada under the Australian travellers exemption.
Due to Lanai’s experience across multiple international jurisdictions she has been invited to provide feedback and insight to international government representatives, charities and advocacy organisations relating to medical cannabis access and was invited as a participant in the inaugural Global Medical Cannabis Summit in January 2019.
Lanai now continues to independently advocate for improved efficient access to medical cannabis and protection of human rights for patients. She loves to watch her son now 21 years of age thriving, studying and enjoying quality of life thanks to medical cannabis.
Lanai looks forward to a world where the stigma surrounding cannabis is completely set aside allowing the focus to remain wholeheartedly on the patient and utilising the plant to provide relief, quality of life and to prevent disease in the first place.