MEDIA RELEASE April 17 2018
NIMBINS 26th MARDIGRASS. A Celebration, Almost!
Organisers of Nimbins 26th annual MardiGrass on the weekend of May 4 – 6, say there is plenty of interest now the law is finally in question. “It looks like the argument is pretty much over as to whether Cannabis is a medicine or not, it’s just about who gets to make all the money from it now,” says Michael Balderstone, president of Nimbins HEMP Embassy, chief sponsor of the annual Cannabis law reform protest and gathering.
New high lights in this years crammed program include a Cannabis Hypothetical putting a panel of ten politicians, doctors, lawyers, healers and patients on the spot. The quick witted Queenslander Dr Deb Waldren will wear Geoffrey Robertsons shoes.
A Grassroots market in the Nimbin Community Centre that will be a meeting place for local visionaries to showcase the rich and diverse range of alternative and sustainable ways of existing on this planet.
It’s the 45th anniversary of the legendary Aquarius Festival and the dream still lives on as does the music and to celebrate on Sunday there is the Billy Cliffs Aquarius Legends dress up competition which has already attracted a dozen entries. So far Bob Dylans will vie for the prizes with two Neil Youngs, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa and John Lennon etc.
“We’re encouraging everyone to dress up and celebrate this year the beginning of the end of us being criminals for using pot,” says Michael. “We’ve decided to even bypass going to the copshop in this years Rally on Sunday, thinking they are victims now more than ever of the politicians war on weed. The real enemy is greed and those who profit from prohibition. The pharmaceutical industry obviously are the primary demons, but privatised jails, organised crime, the alcohol industry, the Church perhaps, the police union keeping the power and jobs. There are many opponents who are happy to profit from peoples pain.”
The nimbinmardigrass.com program is still growing but all the usual favourites are in place like the Hemp Olympix, the Hemposium, the Kombi Konvoy and Saturday 420 with the Big Joint and the Ganja Faeries. Five stages of speakers and music ensures there will be something for everyone at this once a year gathering of all things Cannabis related.
The MardiGrass mood will get a kickstart next Friday at the 420 Celebrations in Nimbin with Sarah Stando, Kobya and Johnny Ganja singing in the ceremony in the village centre followed by Diana Anaid launching her new album at the Bush Theatre in the evening.
And on Tuesday May 1st at one pm we will do the now traditional Mayday March from the Lismore Court House to local MP Thomas Georges office.
The latest program is on www.nimbinmardigrass.com
For more info call the HEMP Embassy 0266891842
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Nimbin’s HEMP Embassy is once again sending its giant inflatable mascots, the Big Joint and the LGTB (Lovely Giant Tincture Bottle), to Canberra for the first day of parliament, Monday February 5th.
“We welcome anyone who is sick and tired of the ridiculous restrictions on Cannabis use to join us,” says president Michael Balderstone. “We’ve been saying for decades this is a miracle medicine, and now the evidence is in, but we are hunted the same as ever. Something has to change, and soon.”
“Our Health Minister Hunt keeps saying it’s legal but the truth is that only applies to people on their death bed – if they’re lucky! How about we try using cannabis before that point? Why don’t we take notice of California and what’s happened there over the last 20 years?”
“We will not let up on this serious injustice that is based on lies and misinformation which the powers that be NOW KNOW! The results from legalising cannabis in some American states cannot be ignored forever and in every case they point to a win win for everyone. Except the pharmaceutical industry!”
For more information contact the HEMP Embassy 02 66 891842 or Michael 0472760236
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Dr Pot has been to virtually every past MEDICAN Workshop but will not be here this time as he is in jail. However, several other doctors will be, and so will some expert medicine makers from America. Three Aussies who have spent years in California learning the art of extracting the medicinal oil from the Cannabis plant will demonstrate (with legal herbs) and talk about their experiences in the legal medical Cannabis world of North America over both days this coming weekend. Everyone who is keenly interested in this subject is urged to attend as it’s a rare opportunity for first hand conversation on a new science that is fast changing the face of health in some American states.
“I am totally confident that if they re-legalise Cannabis there will be massive health savings in the future. Especially if they allow people to grow their own medicine, “says MC Michael Balderstone, President of the Embassy and Australian HEMP Party.
Also speaking on Saturday is Dr Deb Waldren from Queensland and Dr Teresa Towpik author of a new book, “Introduction to Medicinal Cannabis…An Easy Guide for Doctors and Patients”. CBD Luke is a special guest to fill us in on the latest from that realm and Steve Bolt is returning by popular demand with legal advice on using medical Cannabis in today’s uncertain climate.
The doctors and medicine makers will be there again on Sunday and joined by Rayman who will talk about the extraordinary healing power of juicing with raw cannabis. Radic Al will be there both days as will Andrew Kavasilas to fill us in on the latest from the Government on how they are working out their embarrassment at criminalising us for so long. Hopefully!
“California’s full legalisation on New Years day has the pot community buzzing,” says Michael. “Optimism is in the air despite Mr Hunt keeping on telling us medical cannabis is now legal here. It’s not really. That’s just technical political bullshit. It’s legal for the very few who get specialist approval and have a terminal illness and can find a doctor to support them. There are a lot of very difficult hoops to jump through and few have managed to do it.”
Makers or users of medical cannabis who wish to share their stories are welcome to speak at the Workshop. Just turn up or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Pot, Andrew Katelaris, is in jail and might be for the next year or so. He was arrested on December 5 and refused bail because in the past he had refused to not continue helping people with Cannabis, especially epileptic children. He has numerous Cannabis charges after exposing his life on a television program. His court hearing is set down for November 5 and he has a bail hearing on January 24 which may save him from the long wait.
Over decades he has been helping countless people stay alive and minimise their suffering. Andrew has been to pretty much every MardiGrass in 25 years and every Medican Workshop in Nimbin. He makes himself available to whoever, whenever.
He rarely has any money. That’s not his thing at all. You can donate to his legal help fund https://www.gofundme.com/suppo
Another big crowd is expected for the Nimbin HEMP Embassy’s next MEDICAN Workshop on Saturday November 11, from 11 am by the river at the Bush Theatre in the old Nimbin butter factory. “These gatherings are important and mostly about education”, says Embassy president Michael Balderstone. “The workshop is a good opportunity to ask questions and meet people who have been involved with Mediweed for decades.”
Drs Andrew Katelaris and Deb Waldren will be there as well as many other healers and people who are using Cannabis to treat themselves. Be it epilepsy or cancer or Parkinsons it is super encouraging for sufferers to meet and talk to others with similar conditions.
Meryl Dorey is a special guest speaker this time. She has been an outspoken sceptic about Australia’s immunisation program and many of us have met children using cannabis after they started having seizures following their needles.
CBD Luke will be here again to teach us more about that specific cannabinoid and Radic Al will be teaching extraction methods. The Phoenix Rising Cafe will be open early for breakfast by Mulgum Creek at the venue.
The medical cannabis movement has been ridiculed for a long time, like many other Nimbinesque ideas. Finally the evidence is appearing that shows hippies weren’t deluded after all! Anyone is welcome to this day of talks and discussion and entry is by donation only.
And anyone who would like to share their experience can contact the Embassy email…. email@example.com For more info call the Embassy on 0266890326
Nimbin’s HEMP Embassy has organised another of its popular Medical Cannabis Workshops for Saturday August 5 at the Bush Theatre, beside the river on the northern edge of the village. From 11 am until about 4.20 pm and everyone is welcome, as are donations.
“The ridiculous hoops the state and federal governments are asking doctors to jump through are stopping it happening legally on any scale but that doesn’t stop people seeking it out on the black market.”
“It’s tragic the authorities can’t see their way to calling some sort of amnesty on genuine medical cannabis suppliers who are risking so much every day now across the country. The evidence is overwhelming but still Big Pharma, who runs the show, insist on pot doing their double blind placebo trials. Anything to hold it back. Epileptic children on placebos is about as sick as it gets, with every seizure doing brain damage.”
Special guest this time is Carol Ireland, CEO of Epilepsy Action Australia and a member of the Federal Government’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Council. We also hope to have a panel of parents of children with epilepsy using Cannabis though understand their fear in coming forward.
Other speakers include Dr Deb Waldren on healing with Cannabis; Michael Stoopman and CBD Luke on extraordinary tumour healing; Zane Archer on the importance of nutrition; Andrew Kavasilas on the latest from the government’s dilemma; Toney Fitzgerald on treating his cancer; Weeded Warriors on PTSD; Radic Al on how to make it. MC Michael Balderstone.
We also expect Australian pioneers in treating epilepsy with cannabis, Dr Andrew Katelaris and Tony Bower from Mullaways to come as well so it will be a big day.
Anyone who wishes to talk and share their experience please come along or contact the HEMP Embassy….ph 0266891842 email firstname.lastname@example.org
President, Australian HEMP Party and Nimbin HEMP Embassy
51 Cullen Street
Nimbin NSW 2480
Phone: (02) 66 890326 Mobile 0472760236
“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth,” Albert Einstein.
NIMBIN’S 25TH MARDIGRASS MAY 5, 6, 7 2017
The tiny one pub village of Nimbin is gearing up for it’s 25th annual MardiGrass on the May 5, 6, 7 weekend. Australia’s biggest gathering of Cannabis users protesting for the re-legalisation of their herbal medicine is expected to be especially passionate this year.
“Australia’s Cannabis users feel ripped off big time,” says Michael Balderstone, smokesperson for the organisers. “Our village has been hammered by the police this year like never before, and it coincides with endless announcements from our politicians telling us at last they agree the plant is medicinal and they’re legalising it.”
“Well, clearly not for us in Nimbin and neither has anything changed for 99% of the country’s users which is seriously unfair. I actually think the hippies and Cannabis users of Australia are owed a giant apology. Trials are underway for epileptic children and some terminal patients but freedom to use this medicine of old is as distant as ever.”
“Everyone now knows carrying and using bulky and smelly Cannabis is the easy bust for police with their saliva testing, sniffer dogs and sophisticated technology. Hunting stoners has dramatically changed the country’s drug culture and it’s no wonder we have an ice problem.”
The 25th MardiGrass begins in a way on Monday in Lismore with a Mayday March from the Lismore Court House in Zadoc Street to local MP Thomas Georges office. Protestors are expected to gather from Midday at the Court house.
“And from then on we’ll be setting up the venue for the big protest weekend,” said Balderstone. “Guest speakers are flying in from Canada and America and every aspect of ‘the plant with a million uses’ will be discussed over and over.”
“The usual highlights are on track, the HEMP Olympix, Hemposium, Kombi Konvoy, 420 Blaze, Pot Art and Poetry, Sunday’s Rally and Parade, four stages, Stoned Chess, Weed Laughs, and so on, but several new events also.”
“The Hillsong SKIP on the big hemp rope to celebrate the end of a NSW Police Commissioners era which showed no understanding of or compassion for drug users. This event promises a gold medal for the last man and woman standing. While other country’s are having success in every way regulating, taxing and legalising Cannabis, here in NSW we’re spending a billion dollars on new jails every year for the next four in this state thanks to our recently departed leaders.”
Tickets and the very full program still growing is on www.nimbinmardigrass.com and printed copies are being distributed on the north coast today and tomorrow, look out for one.
For more info phone the HEMP Embassy in Nimbin 0266891842
I believe the best thing you can do to help bring about change in the Government’s attitude towards Cannabis use, is to make an appointment with your local Members of Parliament, both State and Federal.
Talk to them about your experience and understanding of Cannabis and its prohibition. How much it costs you, how it helps you and the impact prohibition is having and has had on your life.
And if you are helping someone who is seriously ill, try and take them along. Seeing is believing and politicians have so much reading to do and information to take in, we think personal conversations will have much more impact in educating them.
This is perhaps the best foil against the constant lobbying and small fortune spent by the pharmaceutical industry to try and keep Cannabis out of the public’s hands. Big Pharma really does fear huge profit losses if this herb, that has never killed anyone, escapes into our home gardens.
Nimbin Hemp Embassy
President HEMP Party of Australia
You’re invited to participate in any way you can.
From the couch to the street, there is always something you or a group can do to help end marijuana prohibition.
For the laptop activists there are recent articles to like and share via the HEMP facebook page.
And the Enough is Enough protest rallies are being held in capital cities, on the heels of the Canberra event, for supporters who like to do their protesting in the flesh.
Enough is Enough Rallies
Canberra 10am Tuesday 7 February at Parliament House.
Brisbane 9am Tuesday 14 February at Parliament House.
Perth 10am Thursday 16 February at Supreme Court Gardens.
Sydney 8am Tuesday 21 February at Parliament House.
Melbourne 9am Tuesday 21 February at Parliament of Victoria.
Adelaide 11am Saturday 4 March at River Torrens.
Please check Gail Hester’s list of events on facebook for changes and further information on each Enough is Enough Rally.
They have been organised following the January raid on Jenny Hallam in SA and give protestors an opportunity to express their feelings about prohibition and show support for compassionate healers like Jenny who have been raided and their supplies of medicine confiscated.
For more info contact Gail Hester 0417458944 or Michael Balderstone on 0472760236
MEDIA RELEASE FEB 11 2017
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS HEMP, HINCH AND HANSON
Sydney 8am Tuesday 21 February at Parliament House.
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NEXT NIMBIN MEDICAL CANNABIS WORKSHOP SATURDAY JAN 21
Dr Andrew Katelaris is coming up from Sydney again, Tony Bower from Mullaways medical cannabis is speaking, Andrew Kavasilas will fill us in on the latest from the government and Chris Harris about healing holistically with herbs.
Then there is a number of medical cannabis users coming to talk about their healing this time. Michael Lambert will be speaking about growing pot to stop his five year olds seizures, Christine Sorensen on treating her cerebral palsy daughter, Michele Robertson on treating chronic pain and several speakers on their successful treatment of cancer.
CBD Luke will be here again to teach us more about that specific cannabinoid and Radic Al will be teaching extraction methods. The cafe will be open with healthy hempseed foods.
The medical cannabis movement has been laughed at and ridiculed for a long time but finally the evidence is appearing that shows hippies weren’t deluded after all! Anyone is welcome to this day of talks and discussion and entry is by donation only.
For more info call the Embassy on 0266890326