Here’s the introduction to the Media Watch transcript and if you link through you can watch the segment too

It was entitled….

Pushing medicinal marijuana

Channel Nine fails to disclose the financial interest of Dr Ross Walker in a Today show segment

And finally, to some important medical news from Nine’s Today show:

“KARL STEFANOVIC: Sick Australians in desperate need of medicinal cannabis may soon be able to get their hands on the drug much faster.

— Today, Channel Nine, 11 April, 2018

Well, it’s not yet news. It’s more someone saying that it ought to happen. So, what exactly is Today’s medical guru, Dr Ross Walker, proposing?

“DR ROSS WALKER: We’re proposing that if you need medical cannabis based on a doctor’s decision you can get now medical cannabis within 48 hours. But there’s a problem. The problem is it still costs you $1500 a month and Karl you tell me anyone who can afford $1500 a month, especially when they’re sick.

— Today, Channel Nine, 11 April, 2018

Good point, from a doctor whose patients could really benefit.

But Dr Walker is no ordinary doctor. He’s a life coach, speaker, author and popular media personality. And an advocate, as you may remember, for alternative medicines:

“JOE HILDEBRAND: Are there natural options that people can use to lower blood pressure and cholesterol?

DR ROSS WALKER: Absolutely. Something I found really very useful is this thing called Kyolic aged garlic extract.

— Studio 10, Channel Ten, 28 February, 2018

And, as it turns out, he’s also a big fan of medical marijuana.

Indeed, Dr Walker is on the board of the Medical Cannabis Council, which describes itself as “the respected voice of this burgeoning industry”.

And he believes cannabis can help the sick and the government should help pay for it:

More at the link above

Here’s the information about Dr Walker being a non executive director of Israeli medical cannabis company MGC Pharma.


Media Watch also contacted both Dr Walker & Channel 9 news on the subject and to be fair to both each issued a mea culpa.

Channel 9 Mea Culpa


Dr Ross Walker Mea Culpa