THREE years after he opened Lucy Haslam's medicinal cannabis farm near Tamworth, Barnaby Joyce seems to have changed his tune when it comes to the drug.
In 2016 the New England MP was a vocal supporter of Ms Haslam and her efforts to make the drug more accessible for chronically ill patients, even congratulating her in writing.
Mr Joyce is on personal leave and could not be contacted. But in a letter to Ms Haslam from March 3, 2016, he wrote "it was indeed wonderful to see the medicinal cannabis legislation recently pass through the Federal Parliament".
"Your work and advocacy has been truly outstanding and this outcome will be of enormous benefit to many people and their families facing the courage of cancer and other illnesses for many years to come," he wrote.
"Once again, well done Lucy and I know the community will be forever grateful for the work that you have undertaken. As always, if there is any way I may be able to be of assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me."
"When you can find a use for any part of a plant that can assist people when they are ill, when they are in pain, you should do it," Mr Joyce said.
But now it seems to be a different tune the New England MP is singing.
His change in position became evident last week at a screening of the documentary High as Mike in Tamworth, when he was accused of swearing at Ms Haslam - something Mr Joyce denied doing - and telling her she did not have a "mortgage on grief" - which he did not deny saying.
Mr Joyce's brother Tim passed away from bowel cancer in mid-2018. It's the same disease that claimed Ms Haslam's son, Dan, in 2015.
"That does not mean for one second that there is some grand elixir or ... that there is some hope that somehow my brother Timothy would be alive if this happened. I get furious with that," Mr Joyce said during the theatre exchange.