Pete Evans spruiks his medicinal cannabis documentary after 60 Minutes

Celebrity chef Pete Evans spruiks his medicinal cannabis documentary after being slammed for his anti-vaxxer and COVID-19 conspiracy theories

Celebrity chef Pete Evans promoted one of his less controversial pet projects on Monday, following his disastrous interview on Sunday night’s 60 Minutes.

The former MKR judge spruiked his upcoming documentary about medicinal cannabis, The Magic Plant, on Facebook and Instagram.

He shared a poster of the film, alongside the caption: ‘THE MAGIC PLANT. One month to go. Who’s ready?’

Advocate: Celebrity chef Pete Evans promoted one of his less controversial pet projects on Monday, following his disastrous interview on Sunday night's 60 Minutes (pictured)

Advocate: Celebrity chef Pete Evans promoted one of his less controversial pet projects on Monday, following his disastrous interview on Sunday night’s 60 Minutes (pictured)

Pete also thanked the other people who had worked on the investigative film.

‘Thanks to the wonderful Ben Stewart for directing this film and Brian for editing it and bringing our vision to the screen,’ he added.

Pete had spent most of last year filming the documentary, in which he makes the case for the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Coming soon: The former MKR judge spruiked his upcoming documentary about medicinal cannabis, The Magic Plant, on Facebook and Instagram

Coming soon: The former MKR judge spruiked his upcoming documentary about medicinal cannabis, The Magic Plant, on Facebook and Instagram 

Promotion: Pete shared a poster of the film, alongside the caption: 'THE MAGIC PLANT. One month to go. Who's ready?'

Promotion: Pete shared a poster of the film, alongside the caption: ‘THE MAGIC PLANT. One month to go. Who’s ready?’

Pete outlined his views on cannabis in an interview with the Gold Coast Bulletin in October.

‘I’m a strong believer every single adult, should they chose, should legally be allowed to grow a few plants to be used as food or medicine,’ he said.

‘There’s no reason why we should be able to grow this wondrous plant alongside our other herbs and plants.’

Outspoken: Pete outlined his views on cannabis in an interview with the Gold Coast Bulletin in October. He said, 'I'm a strong believer every single adult, should they chose, should legally be allowed to grow a few plants to be used as food or medicine'

Outspoken: Pete outlined his views on cannabis in an interview with the Gold Coast Bulletin in October. He said, ‘I’m a strong believer every single adult, should they chose, should legally be allowed to grow a few plants to be used as food or medicine’

He added: ‘Australia is one of the highest per capita users of cannabis, even though it has been illegal. It feels like it’s part of our culture.’ 

Medicinal cannabis is known to have a range of benefits for those with chronic pain, PTSD symptoms and tremors related to Parkinson’s disease.

The possession, use and cultivation of small amounts of cannabis was legalised in the ACT in September, making it the first Australian jurisdiction to do so.

Benefits: Medicinal cannabis is known to have a range of benefits for those with chronic pain, PTSD symptoms and tremors related to Parkinson's disease. Pictured: Pete visiting a medicinal cannabis expert last year

Benefits: Medicinal cannabis is known to have a range of benefits for those with chronic pain, PTSD symptoms and tremors related to Parkinson’s disease. Pictured: Pete visiting a medicinal cannabis expert last year

Under laws passed in late September, adults in the ACT will be able to grow two cannabis plants, as long as they are not grown in public or accessible to children. 

It comes amid the fallout from Sunday night’s 60 Minutes interview, in which Pete aired his unscientific views about vaccinations and coronavirus. 

During his interview with Liz Hayes, he claimed he was ‘skeptical’ of the coronavirus pandemic, the flu jab and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates.

Dangerous: It comes amid the fallout from Sunday night's 60 Minutes interview, in which Pete aired his unscientific views about vaccinations and coronavirus

Dangerous: It comes amid the fallout from Sunday night’s 60 Minutes interview, in which Pete aired his unscientific views about vaccinations and coronavirus

Later in the segment, Pete also suggested that he feared for his life due to his public profile and polarising opinions.

A 90-minute uncut version of the interview was also uploaded to Pete’s YouTube channel about the same time 60 Minutes went to air on the east coast.

In the unaired footage, he explained he had once supported mainstream medicine, but developed a ‘sense of skepticism and suspicion’ as he got older.

Pete’s ideas have been widely condemned by the medical and scientific communities as fraudulent and dangerous. 

Unsupported: Pete's ideas have been widely condemned by the scientific community as unscientific, fraudulent and dangerous. Pictured: 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes

Unsupported: Pete’s ideas have been widely condemned by the medical and scientific communities as fraudulent and dangerous. Pictured: 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes

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