Cannabis is a Tree of Life. A strategic resource and a sacred plant.

Did our Ministry of Health do fraud to deny us foods for life and health, in a time of crisis? Evidence suggests yes.

In 2016, our Food Safety authority (fsanz) said cbd was (is) safe, and beneficial (including for pain, cancer and more) it was good food.

But Medsafe, knowing it was a lie, said no. It can’t be food. It’s a controlled drug. So it can’t be a food, a supplement, or a herbal remedy.

(Meaning, it could only ever be a pharmaceutical)

But! ESR, the police forensic laboratory, told Medsafe to fuck off; because it was not a controlled drug (according to science and law).

So Medsafe seems to have conjured a legal lie. Based on a perverse interpretation of international law. It hid this legal opinion under legal privilege (because it seems obviously kaka?) and falsely asserted it was true. All requests to see this legal opinion have always been denied. Initially on grounds of “no public interest”, but then as being protected by legal privilege.

However, Fsanz presumably saw it, accepted it, and ruled cbd could not be present over 75 milligrams per 1000 grams (KG) of food.

NB. That was 2016, but kiwi farm produced cbd oils appear to have been legal in Nz until 2018. Instead of “legalising medical cannabis” the govt made hemp extracts pharmaceuticals.

Until then, the hemp regs allowed hemp farmers “to make any product of hemp.”
Afterwards? Only MedCan cos.

June 2024 letter to FSANZ below

Dear Team, greetings.

Hopefully this finds you well.

In 2016, FSANZ made clear in the initial proposal for P1042 that the Ministerial Forum had requested it set a limit on CBD in low THC Hemp Foods, "to distinguish between a food and therapeutic avoid blurring the line between food and therapeutic."

FSANZ noted in turn that, while agreeable in theory, it was not within FSANZ power to deny the public access to safe and beneficial compounds; which CBD (Cannabidiol) clearly is/was. Therefore, FSANZ noted, any prohibition on its part without just cause could likely be undone in the courts.

At this point, it appears that MedSafe NZ resorted to what may be a combination of fraud, malfeasance, or criminal nuisance.

Clearly knowing their position to be a lie - thanks to the expert internal advice of Anthony Fake - it concocted a superficially plausible cover up position of due diligence and deniability, via loaded questions and non specific second hand answers.
It then falsely asserted CBD to be a controlled drug. Which would of course prohibit its inclusion in foods, or its availability as supplements or herbal remedies.

Fortunately, ESR (the NZ police forensic laboratory), then tried to "white knight" the situation.
Having independently arrived at the same conclusions as Mr Fake, ESR vigorously contested MedSafes position.

Such was their rigor in this matter that the General Manager of ESR, Dr Keith Bedford, even ended up making a statement to the High Court on it.

To circumvent this inconvenient reality, MedSafe gave FSANZ reason to agree that CBD was a controlled drug. Via a legal opinion that seems likely a perverse interpretation of international law.
This legal opinion however - to the best of my knowledge - has never been seen by anyone outside of MedSafe, and has been persistently hidden from public examination. Initially by the justification of "no public interest", and more recently under "legal privilege".

However, legal privilege cannot be used to obscure a fraud.
Legal privilege cannot be used to hide a crime.

Accordingly a formal complaint was made to the director general of health in June 2023, and a complaint laid with the ombudsman's office in february 2022.
The director general, supposed to reply within 30 days, has not been heard from in nearly a year. Suggesting a significant inability to reply innocently. The Ombudsman continues to grind on.

This email is to serve three purposes.

Firstly, if you have a copy of the legal opinion used by MedSafe to convince you that CBD is a controlled drug this is an OIA request for it.
In 2020, fyi, the European Court of Justice found it would be counter to UNSCN to consider CBD a controlled drug.

Secondly, this email is to request that you stand by your standards and values to correct what appears a serious malfeasance. There is an ongoing market failure in health, as can be observed by our national health statistics and the constant financial complaints of health care professionals and politicians. There is also an ongoing market failure in the "medicinal cannabis market", with patients, companies, and the industry complaining about regulatory obstructionism, inaccessibility and unaffordability. It appears that there has not been "genuine, effective two way engagement" on this issue.

Thirdly, in the 1990s, Japan, with a community mindset, created foods with special health characteristics. To reduce the physical, financial, and pharmaceutical harms of their aging population. It is now an 8 billion USD domestic market. I attach some information here, and request you consider how FSANZ might create something similar, or better, in NZ; a country that produces famously many natural health products and quality foods; while also having multiple health crises and an unwillingness to tax the rich enough to have a disease management system that works properly. It seems we have rooms for improvement in public service outcomes, and domestic industry.

Finally, please find all source documents (OIAs) for this complaint on the splash page of

I hope to hear from you soon, and I hope that FSANZ proves to embody the same high standards of public service as ESR has.

Yours sincerely,

Tadhg Stopford

Here in NZ, Tigerdrops are Novelty Cannabis Collectables, "for political discourse."

eg. "Why are Hemp extracts like CBG prohibited foods in NZ?"

In America and Europe, they are cosmetic and supplement type products.

As a historian, Im also pleased to offer you Tigerdrops as 'Holy Hemp Oils', in accordance with Scripture. Its crazy, but its true. Cannabis is sacred to many major religions, including Judeo-Christianity and Hinduism; and cultures throughout Eurasia and Western Europe.

On this site you will find historical evidence that may challenge your worldview, but its worth exploring. Hemp is truly Sacred. Its more important than you may think. Use Tigerdrops religiously (at dusk and dawn), and Peace be with us.

The history of Hemp is one that leads to ideas of sovereignty, and Constitutional rights and responsibilities.

To use your holy hemp oil: start low, go slow, and let god guide you.

Owing to *politics* payment is by Bank transfer only. Payment details are provided after you complete your order. Thank you for your understanding.

'Tigerdrops are not intended for consumption, or the treatment or prevention of any disease or condition.'

Tigerdrops aims to raise $200,000 for a Judicial Review of what seems govt funny business over Hemp. (Or else get around to writing it myself for cheaper, but its a hassle and im busy right now. Steadily in view...) So please, support my work by purchasing Tigerdrops and "spreading the gospel of hemp" to your family and friends. You can find out how and why at

Thank you for your trust.

CSC holders, drop me a line. Yes. NZs rarest and Holiest Hemp Oils are at Tigerdrops. This is a labour of love rooted in my family history, personal experience, and the inspiring work of Helen Kelly. Her courageous truth telling led me to found both the Hemp Foundation, and Tigerdrops Hemp.

OIAs show Mrs Kelly was denied food grade CBD/THC products from the USA for her lung cancer. Ironic, given evidence suggests CBD and THC could have potentially saved her life. See here, here, here, and here.

Bizarrely, those same OIAs also show the Ministry of Health sought and received "Ethics approval" that if any US or EU food grade products were eventually approved for any patient in New zealand, that this 'would not set a precedent'.

Furthermore, the same year that Ms Kelly was being denied food grade products for her lung cancer, NZs own Ministry of Health seems to have potentially committed Criminal Nuisance and/or Public Malfeasance to ensure that every ANZAC was denied Cannabinoids as foods. By a seemingly perverse interpretation of international law.

"to distinguish between a food and a therapeutic avoid blurring the line between food and therapeutic" ....despite the Food Regulator knowing them to be both safe and beneficial.

This apparent fraud was later cemented when the 2006 Hemp Regulations were broken under the guise of 'legalising medical cannabis'. Counter to public perceptions at the time, what this meant was that Hemp farmers lost their existing legal right to make 'any product of hemp', and all privileges for extracting compounds from hemp fell to 'medical cannabis companies'. Thus ensuring an inquitable and unfair pharmaceutical monopoly.

Might the Ministry have a conflict of interest? $10m of its $12.2m total budget comes from 'third party revenue', which sounds fraught. Seems worth a look? If most funding of MedSafe (the brain of MoH) is reliant on industry; Might it be a genuine problem for them if cannabis reduced many medicine sales? We can fix this by funding them. Which we can do. Its our financial system. But when the bankers beat us in the 80s and 90s, and broke us down from Citizens to consumers, did we forgot that fact? It doesnt have to be rigged against us. But, if we want change, we should probably stand up for the public interest being served in public service. Markets can be a bull that ploughs, or a leopard that eats our faces. We should choose carefully. Its a strange thing that forty years of neoliberal market reforms has destroyed public monopolies to create private monopolies.With most of us getting poorer as a result, and our infrastructure falling apart.

Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine said "let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. Because the physician tends, but nature mends." How odd that our public servants should seek to deny us natural justice by deceit. Lets improve things.

Please support the Hemp Foundation by spreading the gospel of Hemp; and by purchasing Tigerdrops Novelty Cannabis Collectables and Holy Hemp OIls.

Click the button below to see our Holy Hemp Oils and NCCs.

Thanks, tadhg

  • Hemps Mysteries & Miracles.

    Jesus Healing the Blind under Kaneh Bosem, in the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Monreale, in Sicily. 1177 AD.

    Famous Polish scholar Sula Benet traced the emptymology of Cannabis/Kaneh Bosem back to the Semitic peoples. Cannabis Sativa is a treasure of human history. 'Sativa' means 'cultivated'. Our most ancient and important crops are 'Sativas'. (eg. Oats, rice, garlic, peas, lettuce,....) and Kaneh Bosem was known to the Hebrew people; up until the time of King Soloman, greatest and wisest of Kings. As proven by sacred archaological alters marked with burned Cannabis.

    Cannabis Sativa's sacred nature is also recorded in the mosaics of a thousand year old UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Basilica di Monreale of Sicily.

    Built by King William II of Sicily, it was blessed by Pope Alexander III, Pope Lucius III, and Pope Clement IV.

    The Cathedral contains many images of Kaneh Bosem / the Tree of Life, (and psychedelic mushrooms abound in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve).

    Early (Gnostic) Christians held that the 'divine spark' is in each of us. They sought self realisation as human beings, and used entheogens for mystic revelations of divine human connection with the universe and each other. The value of these experiences is now being proven by modern science.

    Evil is always with us though, and within a couple of hundred years Pope 'Innocent VIII' was persecuting hags ('wise women') for sorcery ('Pharmakeia') across Europe.

    In this atmosphere, Hemp / Cannabis / Kaneh Bosem was purged from the Church (which took up Ursury, and Indulgences) and its history; even though it was a vital ingredient in the Holy Oil of Moses.

    Use it Religiously.

    Cannabis is Holy, a sacred plant, a functional food, and a strategic resource. Offering us all independence; it's safe, prohibited, and privatised. Hemp is Cannabis, biblical Kaneh Bosem. Kaneh is one of the oldest root words in human history. Because it is our oldest and most useful crop, Hemp/Cannabis is a resource in a burning world.

    It is a tree of Life.

  • Holy Oil: Cannabis Sativa

    The Holy Oil of the Jews was given to Moses by a burning bush. Or so he said. The recipe is for several kilos each of five sacred plants. Myrrh, Cinnamon, Cassia Fistula, Cannabis Sativa, Olive oil. The Hebrew Torah has the recipe, but not the Greek or English translations, in Exodus, 30: 22-23. Anointing with Holy oil made a Messiah, as it did also Kings. 'Messiah' means 'anointed', And Christ is a translation of Messiah. The Ark of the Covenant was anointed with Holy Oil, as was the Tent of the Tabernacle; and much Kaneh Bosem/Cannabis incense was also burned for Yahweh/Jehovah and his wife Asherah, according to Scripture, and resinous remains found on sacred alters at the Shrine of Arad prove it. The Tent of the Tabernacle seems to have been whats called a "hot box" today.

    The Nag Hammadi Library tells us Jesus Christ sent his followers out with pouches of Oil to "heal the sick in my name, that they might follow me'. Heaven knows what he meant by that. But Cannabis seems likely to have been involved, and an old school concern for humanity.

    Perhaps the Times of Israel is right, when it tells us Jesus was "Panteras prodigy" in the temple; the bastard child of a Roman legionary. This 'outsider' status may explain his willingness to challenge authority; to whip the money changers from the Temple, to use the priests Holy Oil for healing the common people, and to challenge the moneyed class by proclaiming 'the year of the Lord' in Nazareth. AKA a Debt Jubilee year. 

    Usually proclaimed by Kings, Jubilees protected the people from the debt trap of financial elites. Is this why those elites accused Jesus of setting himself up as 'King of the Jews', and demanding his death?

    The assasination of Julius Caesar bears similarities to Jesus murder; in that he too was taking action to secure the oppressed majority of his people against the neoliberal oligarchs of the day. Hence his popularity with the previously exploited and abused masses. he embodied the Platonic ideals of the Pursuit of Virtue Over Wealth; until he made himself Dictator for life anyway, and then found himself dead.

    Plato's critique of wealth addiction and oligarchy is fundamentally about the moral and ethical corruption that arises when individuals or societies prioritize material wealth over virtue, wisdom, and the common good.

    Guarding Against Excess: A key aspect of Plato's philosophy is the concept of moderation and the dangers of excess, whether in terms of wealth, power, or personal desires. His ideal society is one in which resources and opportunities are distributed in a way that ensures the well-being of all citizens, not just a privileged few.

    Education and Moral Development

    For Plato, the antidote to greed and the pursuit of unjust power is education—specifically, an education that nurtures wisdom, ethical understanding, and a sense of duty towards the common good.

    Which brings us back to the Jubilee Jesus proclaimed in Nazareth. All personal (not commercial) debts were erased in a Jubilee. Luke 4:17–19 as: 'The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.

    Many people have heard of the Rosetta Stone, but few know what it said. The Rosetta Stone proclaimed a Jubilee year in three languages. It thus gave us the key to deciphering hieroglyphics, but it tells a story of economic regeneration. Of freedom from predatory finance, and economic polarisation. Both of which we seem to suffer from since 1984, when the bankers won.

    Let's improve things. We can. Knowledge is power. Truth is justice. Corruption is death.

    What would Jesus do?

  • An injustice of the system?

    Did MoH tell fibs to deny us Cannabinoid foods and remedies?

    An injustice of the system?

    Did MoH tell fibs to deny us Cannabinoid foods and remedies?

  • About Tigerdrops

    About Tigerdrops

    Our world needs to change. Lets change it. In 2016 a High School History teacher called Tadhg Stopford (Kia Ora! Hi there) Co-founded the Hemp Foundation with a GP friend,...


    About Tigerdrops

    Our world needs to change. Lets change it. In 2016 a High School History teacher called Tadhg Stopford (Kia Ora! Hi there) Co-founded the Hemp Foundation with a GP friend,...

  • BBC - Cannabis Part of Worship in Jewish Temple

    BBC - Cannabis Part of Worship in Jewish Temple

    The BBC reports that Ancient Israelites burned cannabis as part of their religious rituals, an archaeological study has found. A well-preserved substance found in a 2,700-year-old temple in Tel Arad...

    BBC - Cannabis Part of Worship in Jewish Temple

    The BBC reports that Ancient Israelites burned cannabis as part of their religious rituals, an archaeological study has found. A well-preserved substance found in a 2,700-year-old temple in Tel Arad...

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