Seventeen Mile Rocks Clinic Calls For Amendment Of Driving Laws For Medical Cannabis Patients

A well-known cannabis clinic in Seventeen Mile Rocks supports the ongoing review of Queensland’s driving laws, which would update the existing regulations to keep pace with the growing number of medical cannabis users in the State.

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A study led by the University of Sydney revealed that State accounts for more than half the medical cannabis prescriptions dispensed ever since it became legal in 2016. The study also showed that the top three treatment reasons for these prescriptions are pain, anxiety, and sleep disorders. 

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Cann I Help is a medical cannabis treatment clinic with several locations across Australia that treats around 5,000 medical cannabis patients each week. The clinic revealed that there are people who are not taking their medication, which could pose major problems, and there are those who risk losing their license just so they can drive to work.

At Cann I Help, they provide medical cannabis treatment for a number of conditions, such as Epilepsy, chronic pain, PTSD, anxiety and depression, sleep disorders, and Parkinson’s.

The clinic’s calls for amendments comes in light of the announcement of Transport Minister Mark Bailey in August 2022 that Queensland will review its drug-driving laws. 

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Under the current laws in Queensland, it’s an offence to drive with THC in one’s system, even if it’s prescribed by a doctor. 

In Australia, Tasmania is the only state which allows an unimpaired driver prescribed medicinal cannabis to lawfully drive.

In support of the review, the Greens moved their amendments to the State Government’s Road Safety and Other Matters Bill. The amendments are as follows:

  • Insert a defence provision in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 to say that the offence for driving with the presence of a “relevant drug” (defined as MDMA, Ice or THC) in one’s system does not apply if the only drug detected is THC from a cannabis product legally obtained and administered for medicinal purposes. 
  • Retain provisions making it an offence for a person to drive while under the influence of a drug (including THC from medicinal cannabis) or alcohol.

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“We’ve had a medicinal cannabis framework since 2016 and Queensland has more than half of all Australian medicinal cannabis prescriptions, but our laws still haven’t been updated,” said Greens MP for Maiwar Micahel Berkman.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transport of Main Roads’ review of the existing drug-driving laws is due to be complete by the end of 2024.

Stollen Christmas Bread, Butterbrief and the Seventeen Miles Rock Bakery That Makes It

It isn’t Christmas in a German household unless there’s delicious and elaborately-made fruit and nut cake-like bread on the table. Called by many names — Streizel, Dresden Stollen, Wiehnachts Stollen, Christstollen or simply Stollen — this traditional Christmas cake may be purchased from King of Cakes, a traditional European bakery located in Seventeen Mile Rocks.

This moist, buttery soft, brick-shaped bread is doused with fruit, nuts and marzipan (almond and sugar) at the centre, and then dusted with a generous amount of granulated sugar coating as the final touch. They say that a bite of this bread brings all that warm holiday feelings, especially when paired with a cup of coffee or tea.

Before you pick a batch of this Christmas treat, though, here’s a rich tale of how the Stollen came to be. 

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Stollen Used to Be Hard and Tasteless

The earliest versions of the Stollen bread, made around the 1400s, consisted of basic ingredients like flour, yeast, water and oil. These were hard in texture and bland in taste but people during the medieval period needed this bread to sort of carbo-load and energise themselves for the rest of the day during the Advent season, a period of fasting.

In the 15th century, the Catholic Church banned the use of butter and milk whilst fasting. To use these “luxury items” at a solemn time leading up the birth of Jesus Christ was against the teachings of the Church. The ban was supposed to suppress people’s gluttony for rich, sweet-tasting food so that they can properly reflect on the meaning of the season.

However, two noble brothers from Dresden in Saxony in central Germany wrote a letter to the Pope in Rome to overturn the ban on butter and milk on behalf of local bakers. Their first appeal was denied. 

Stollen “Butterbrief”

It took five popes some 40 years later for the appeal to be granted but for Dresden alone. It was approved on the condition that anyone using butter and milk during Advent season should also make an annual contribution for the construction and upkeep of a new cathedral, which would later become the Freiberg Minster. 

This agreement would be known as the “Butterbrief.”

Once the ban was lifted, Dresden’s vastly-improved Stollen recipe ushered a new baking tradition that would be passed on from generation to generation. The original Stollen recipe, post-ban, was filled with raisins but variations now included adding bitter almonds, lemon peel and zest, candied orange, poppy seeds, as well as some spices and spirits. 

Celebrating the Stollen Tradition

In Dresden, Stollen-baking is marked by an official festival that started during the time of King Augustus II in the 1700s. He was said to have a sweet tooth and always liked to celebrate so he ordered the bakers’ guild to prepare a giant Stollen cake for a big festival.

The Dresden Stollenfest takes place on a Saturday prior to the second Advent Sunday. Three hundred years later, this Dresden tradition is still attracting locals and tourists from around the world.   

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Making the Perfect Stollen

To make Stollen is a balancing act. To the untrained and impatient baker, it’s tricky to get that texture, quality and blends of flavours of an old-fashioned, traditional recipe right. 

Filled with copious amounts of alcohol-soaked nuts and fruits with a marzipan centre, Stollen requires several steps and a hefty list of items to prepare. If you’ve got at least 48 hours to dedicate to baking this bread and you carefully studied the process, then your family and friends can enjoy this medley of fruit of nuts come Christmas day.

Adding preservatives and flavouring, as well as using margarine, is a violation of the process. 

Stollen in Queensland

But if baking this bread sounds taxing, it’s a good thing you can get it at the local bakery, King of Cakes. The biggest mistake people make about making the perfect Stollen is to never have the bread on their Christmas table — even if it’s store-bought!  

King of Cakes is run by a culinary expert and Master Pastry Chef Wolfgang Kelke. Born in Munich, where his family operated a cafe, Mr Kelke trained and developed his culinary excellence with some of the finest restaurants around the world.

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In 1990, Mr Kelke and his family moved to Brisbane in Taringa, where he opened his first cake shop. Though now proudly Australian, he never forgets his roots and influences, which continue to reflect on his products and creations. 

King of Cakes in Seventeen Miles Plain is the head office but the store has two other outlets in Taringa and Clayfield.