PAUL Hilder’s life was forever changed when a serious car crash in 2013 left him with a crushed heel, chronic pain, exacerbated spinal disc degeneration and PTSD.
Having previously tried recreational cannabis and desperate for relief from his pain, Mr Hilder once again turned to the drug.
Now taking medically prescribed cannabis, he credits this treatment with helping himself wean off life-threatening opioids.
As the Whitsunday state election candidate for the Legalise Cannabis Qld Party, Mr Hilder has found a new purpose in raising awareness of the lack of medical support for cannabis and lobbying to reduce its expense.
The former singer, musician and teacher is now employed as a disability support worker.
The party described their Whitsunday candidate as being “an active voice in his local community”.
In the early 2000s, he lobbied for the removal and extension of busking curfews.
He is a passionate environmentalist, having been involved in the Mackay…