Ray Thorpe Founder of the Happy Herb Company talks Drug Law Reform
On Tuesday 31st May, 2016 at 8 am Melbourne (Monday 11 pm BST), CCN‘s We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For‘s hostess, Eilish De Avalon chatted with Ray Thorpe Founder of Happy Herb Company about Drug Law Reform and his foray into politics, as an Independent in the New South Wales Senate.
Below is the Archived interview:
Ray Thorpe is not only an entrepreneur he’s also an avid Plant Activist advocating for the de-criminalisation of Medical Cannabis and other Medicinal Herbs.
Ray Thorpe’s vision is a properly informed public using safe non-addictive plants for medicine and recreation. Compare this to the current reality, where alcohol, tobacco and dangerous chemicals are consumed on a massive scale every weekend, while violent gangs continue to make huge profits from illicit markets.
Major drug policy experts and institutions around the world now concur that prohibition is an untenable and harmful policy. However, for various political and economic reasons, vested interests continue their efforts to control and restrict people’s innate tendency to seek alteration of mood, and indeed to suppress the use of plants in a multitude of ways. With this in mind, throughout the years has been a central aspect of our mission, accomplished through the supply of safe legal alternatives to drugs of harm and addiction.
His business the Happy Herb Shop supports the work of organisations such as the Plant Freedom Alliance, who work to change regressive drug laws like these in favour of evidence-based harm minimisation strategies.
In 1993, entrepreneur Ray Thorpe opened his first “Happy Herb Shop” in Nimbin, Northern New South Wales. This passionate crusader for herbs and drug law reform has since then opened another 43 stores in Australia and overseas, written his own book called “Happy High Herbs”, which is on its sixth reprint and has sold more than 30,000 copies, and is achieving a lifelong dream of assisting young people with their own dreams and mixing his passion for plant and drug law reform with work, travel and pleasure.
Born 1 September 1947 in Canberra, Ray grew up in the cultural melting pot of Melbourne. He began his career with many successes in the corporate industry, managing and owning several businesses over the years, from a service station and pub in Boulder Kalgoorlie, to a rent-a-car business in Melbourne and Sydney. During this time, he also became father to two lovely children. He then took up the challenge of direct sales and through this learned the many benefits of positive thinking. Ready to move out of the corporate sector, Ray and his partner Elizabeth moved to Uki in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales in 1990, where he began his herb business at festivals and markets around the Byron Bay/Nimbin region. His business soon flourished, and Ray’s dream to promote the appreciation, education, benefits, culture and freedom for all natural plants and herbs became a reality.
Ray is a passionate advocate of the total de-criminalisation of medical cannabis and a spokesman for the Plant Kingdom, he’s always been pro-active and bold in the defence of a worthy cause or an injustice. His interest became a cause when his home was invaded by agents of the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) and drug squad officers. Ray was arrested and charged with possession of Ephedra, a stimulant herb containing a small amount of natural ephedrine. Ray defended the plant and himself staunchly for 12 months and many hearings. The charges were finally dropped. If anything, this attack against nature has made Ray more determined to promote appreciation, education, benefits, culture and freedom for all natural herbs and plants.
Ray says our brains are biochemical computers and plants the biochemical software. He’s been downloading and testing and researching medicinal herbs for many years. He’s a walking, talking example of the vitality and energy that plants give and we are proud to give this omnidimensional spokesperson a platform on our upcoming show.
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Ray Thorpe at his Happy High Herbs Festival Stall