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.
MEDIA RELEASE from NIMBIN HEMP Embassy
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
Mr Balderstone added, “The police raid in South Australia yesterday is the latest in what is now an absolutely ludicrous situation across the country for people using cannabis as a medicine. For the past few years politicians and the media have helped the public to realise cannabis really is a medicine and there is now a huge public demand. But at the same time the police are going harder than ever against cannabis users of all sorts. The government has a plan to licence production, doctors will prescribe and patients collect from the chemist. Hello? It’s pie in the sky nonsense written by their best friends Big Pharma no doubt.”
Media Release HEMP Embassy
Nimbins indefatigable HEMP Embassy leaves on a road trip to Canberra tomorrow on an Obama Appreciation Mission. “More than anyone President Obama has helped half of America have access to legal cannabis. His simple memo telling the Federal Police to leave the States alone with their marijuana laws changed millions of peoples lives and enabled the wider society to see for themselves what a win win it was for everyone,” says Michael Balderstone, HEMP Party and Embassy president.
Michael Lambert, his wife and daughter Katelyn will be joining the Embassy in Canberra on Thursday. Katelyn has had only one seizure this year because her dad simply grew her some plants. He says, “ It shouldn’t be a crime to be sick. It shouldn’t be a crime to help yourself with low cost and safe home grown cannabis. I am being prosecuted for having a sick daughter who needs cannabis everyday. Where’s the health minister Sussan Ley when we need her? She’s protecting alcohol companies who kill 15 Australians everyday.”
Balderstone says, “We’re encouraged by the Greens new attitude to the drug war and Richard di Natale is correct, it’s a conversation we need to have. The all powerful big pharma lobby group are running the drug war and costing the government a fortune in the process.”
“Ironically, just as the government is finally recognising the sensational medicinal qualities in the cannabis plant it’s never been harder for regular long term users who are being enthusiastically hunted by police with modern technology like saliva testing and now hidden cameras in our village of Nimbin. Good people have been coming to buy their medicine In Nimbin for decades. It’s hard not to think we are being picked on because cannabis users don’t fight back and are easy targets!”
“We need the politicians who promised to support medical cannabis to ask for interim measures which can take us off the police radar while the government works out what to do. The pharmaceutical industry and the police should not be a part of this decision making as they have totally vested interests with both of them afraid of losing a lot of work.”
For more info contact Nimbin HEMP Embassy 0266890326 or on the road 0472760236 or 0459120255
Below is a letter received at the Embassy this week which spells out perfectly the needless suffering the laws are causing.
regarding my son Christopher Simpson. I just wanted to let you know of
another story regarding medicinal marijuana.
I have a serious chronic pancreatic condition which is very painful to me.
My son learnt how to make medicinal marijuana (in the oil form) at home to
give to me for my condition and two friends of his who have cancer. The
difference it made on managing my pain, to weight gain and simple daily
things was so much better, it was truly amazing. My family and friends are
so happy with the change in me.
Unfortunately he was visited by the police and was arrested. He is still in
jail at Arthur Corrie Correctional centre here in Qld and has been since
March this year. The police were quite mean and spiteful to him despite him
telling them the reasons for doing this. The making of it was not dangerous
in any way but they are coming down quite hard on him.
We have a lawyer through legal aid, and as much as I respect their
profession, he is very unenthusiastic and negative. We are still awaiting
the court case.
Chris is 37 years old and in jail for greatly helping his mother. It is such
a sad and unhappy time for me and all his family.
My doctor of 20 years is putting me on the medicinal marijuana program when
it comes through in March next year.
I just wanted to let you know about a great son who is in a hell hole
because of helping me. If there is any advice you could give me, my phone
number is enclosed. I have great respect and admiration for your party.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my letter. Yours sincerely,
For more info contact Nimbin HEMP Embassy 0266890326 and for more on the Big Joints adventures www.bigjoint.org
President, Australian HEMP Party
President, Nimbin HEMP Embassy
51 Cullen Street
Nimbin NSW 2480
Phone: (02) 66 89 0326
Media Release HEMP Embassy Nov 15 2016
OBAMA APPRECIATION MISSION, from Nimbin to Canberra
Nimbin’s HEMP Embassy is taking its infamous Obama banner and giant inflatable joint to Canberra for one more trip on whats it’s calling an Obama Appreciation Mission.
“President Obama is a big part of why most Americans who want it can now legally access medical cannabis,” says Embassy president Michael Balderstone. “He’s a hero to us and his quote, ‘of course I inhaled, that was the point’, gave strength and substance to the whole re-legalise movement in America and he will be remembered forever as a leading warrior in beginning the end of the war on drugs.”
“He knew from his own considerable experience that cannabis was an extraordinary herb and that in fact drugs were easily winning the drug war so why continue on and on blindly destroying thousands of innocent lives?”
“We plan on being outside Parliament House in Canberra for their last session of the year on Thursday December 2nd. We’ll invite Derryn Hinch, David Lleyonhelm, Pauline Hansen, the Greens and whoever else talks the talk about ending the war on weed to join us as no doubt we’ll be having our own joint session.”
The ripples from American cannabis law reform reaching Australian shores should be big enough for them to surf! California has just voted to allow anyone over 21 to grow six plants and carry an ounce while here we are still hunted like common criminals.”
“We need some or all of the politicians who promised to support law changes to ask for interim measures which can take us off the polices radar while they work out what to do. The pharmaceutical industry and the police should not be a part of this decision making as they have totally vested interests with both of them afraid of losing a lot of work.”
On the way to Canberra the Big Joint just might have to wave farewell to NCPIC in Sydney who’s funeral is at the end of December as their funding has been discontinued.
For more info contact Nimbin HEMP Embassy 0266890326 and click here for more on the Big Joints adventures.