Faces of Tamworth | medical marijuana campaigner Lucy Haslam

Jacob McArthur
By Jacob McArthur
Updated January 30 2019 - 4:09am, first published February 5 2018 - 5:00am
ON THE BALL: Tamworth business owner Dwone "DJ" Jones and medicinal cannabis advocate Lucy Haslam, with a photo of her late-son Dan, are calling the community for support. Photo: Gareth Gardner 310517GGB01

Tamworth has a reputation as a conservative town, a status its residents live to defy. A mother’s wish to comfort her son battling cancer with any means became the spark for a national conversation about medicinal marijuana use and ultimately shifted the Australia’s paradigm of the drug. Lucy Haslam said it was the attitude of Tamworth’s people which helped changed laws on the drug, but her fight for increased access rolls on.

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Jacob McArthur

Jacob McArthur is a producer for The Canberra Times. As part of production team, he helps the people of Canberra and beyond get the stories they need, when they need them across a range of platforms, while helping maintain a high editorial standard. Before moving to Canberra in 2020, he started with Australian Community Media in 2015 as a journalist for The Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth. He kept a close eye on Tamworth Regional Council, as well as the public health system, writing extensively about water security, the need for better palliative care services, and medicinal cannabis. Jacob was also the co-host of ACM's Water Pressure podcast where he and Jamieson Murphy took a deep dive on issues and key decisions arising during one of the region's worst droughts on record.

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