MEDIA RELEASE April 6 2022
LEGALISE CANNABIS ROLLING FOR THE ELECTION
Nimbin’s MardiGrass might be postponed but not the Federal election expected now on May 14. Legalise Cannabis (formerly the HEMP Party) has plans to run senate candidate across Australia and in some lower house seats.
“How many local representatives we run depends on how much money we can raise,” said president Michael Balderstone. “The senate candidates are pretty well sorted and we’ve had a lot of members apply to run across the country for the lower house also.”
“There are two major driving forces behind our passion for change and one is the actual driving laws with their saliva testing and instant loss of license for just the presence of cannabis, nothing to do with impairment at all.”
“Even legally prescribed medical cannabis patients are not allowed to drive which has severely limited its uptake. We are the only country on the planet with driving laws as harsh and unreal as this yet nobody seems to hear the multitude of voices calling for change.”
“The other bugbear for cannabis users is not being allowed to grow our own medicine. Millions of every day Australians could so easily grow their own plants instead of pouring millions of dollars every week into the blackmarket. An ounce of pot, four grams a day for a week, is used by many people and costs about $350.”
“No wonder some people choose to be pain free but homeless, spending their rent money on medicine they know works for them. I personally know people in this boat and many many pension and unemployment cheques are sunk straight into the blackmarket every week.”
“I personally think it’s scandalous that our arrest and jail rates remain as high or higher than ever despite endless evidence now that the war on drugs has failed and in fact is causing massive social damage. There is living proof now overseas that ending prohibition of cannabis for a start lessens suicides, opiate overdoses, car accidents and so on. But it also lessens pharmaceutical use and therein lies the problem. The war on drugs is Big Pharmas war, make no mistake about it. They maintain it and they profit from it enormously.”
“The other issue close to the heart of Legalise Cannabis is the potential of this one plant to help save the Planet. We forget it was the most grown and useful plant on the Earth until a couple of hundred years ago. It’s healthier for the soil than cotton and in fact any crop as it needs so few chemicals, it’s seed is a superfood and it’s fibre unique in strength and length while it’s flowers make the safest and most useful medicine in nature. Plus it’s extremely fast growing and ideal for sequestering carbon.
“And most important of all, it’s consciousness changing, eye opening, enlightening, it can wake people up to the Truth which is exactly what we need! And why it was called Gods Gift for millennia in the East.”
The Provisional Legalise Cannabis Senate Candidates are
- NSW – Michael Balderstone & Gail Hester
- Queensland – Bernie Bradley & Suzette Luyken
- South Australia – Tyler Green & Angela Adams
- Tasmania – Matt Owen & Luke Williams
- Victoria – still undecided
- Western Australia – Nicola Johnson & Aaron Peet
- ACT – Andrew Katelaris & Michelle Stanvic
- NT – Kelly-Anne Hibbert & Lance Lawrence
Voters don’t need to be in fear of the stigma or losing their job in the privacy of the voting booth when they write 1 next to the Cannabis leaf. Then you can choose your own preferences to send a clear message to the government policy makers. It’s a private and peaceful protest for the personal use of pot.
We’re looking for people to join the volunteers group and let us know if you can help during the federal election in your state, on election day but also in the pre poll booths. It can be a fun day!
Please join the Facebook group. Volunteers 2022 Legalise Cannabis Australia | Facebook
Any donations are greatly needed and appreciated and enable us to run more candidates…legalise.org.au
President, Nimbin HEMP Embassy, Legalise Cannabis Australia (Formerly Australian HEMP Party) & Nimbin MardiGrass
51 Cullen Street
Nimbin NSW 2480
Phone: (02) 66890326 or 0472 760236
“The war on drugs seems to be all about who gets to profit from our pain relief, a truly sick business.”
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MEDIA RELEASE… March 27 2022
NIMBIN’S 30TH MARDIGRASS POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 16, 17, 18.
Nimbin’s annual first weekend in May MardiGrass cannabis law reform protest and gathering has been postponed. The new dates are September 16, 17 and 18.
“Because of the flood damage on the roads especially but other reasons like Nimbins water supply is still severely limited, and the big wet and landslips are still taking their toll on the community. It’s just too soon,” said Michael Balderstone, president of the MOB, MardiGrass Organising Body.
“So it will be a spring planting ceremony instead of a soggy harvest festival.”
We need the Town Hall and the Nimbin Showgrounds to be free for the weekend and we were lucky to squeeze in as Nimbin is busy in September. The Annual Nimbin Show is on the last weekend and we appreciate they are letting us have MardiGrass the weekend before. The World Cup Poetry Event is on the first weekend and Nimbin Fashion Show the second, both annual events also.
The MardiGrass program for this years 30th anniversary was pretty much sorted for May but this will give us more time for the historical display we’re planning. So anyone with photos or movies of early MardiGrass protests please get in touch, especially from the nineties.
Most people involved in this years event have confirmed they will be available for September and we expect the program to just get better between now and then. Meanwhile the ground will hopefully dry up for the Hemp Olympix events and Legalise Cannabis will get a huge vote in the election and the new PM Albo will be forced to finally listen and we will be allowed to grow our own weed and the mean saliva testing will be scrapped in favour of sensible sobriety tests.
Big apologies from the MOB to anyone who’s travel plans have been upset by the change of dates. The spring planting ceremony will be awesome though. It’s gotta get legal soon!
President Nimbin HEMP Embassy & Legalise Cannabis Australia (Formerly HEMP Party)
51 Cullen st, Nimbin, NSW 2480
0266891842 or 0472760236
hempembassy.net & nimbinmardigrass.com
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NIMBIN MARDIGRASS 30 YEARS PROTESTING FOR CANNABIS LAW REFORM IN AUSTRALIA!
Local residents of Nimbin have experienced the war on drugs more severely than most communities in Australia.
To put the devastating consequences of the war on drugs on public display, Nimbin locals organised a drug law reform rally in the early 90’s.
Named “MardiGrass” the rally turned into an annual event, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
“You’ve made a wonderful thing [film] and something fantastic to celebrate the 30 years.” – Michael Balderstone – President, Nimbin Hemp Embassy
The filmmakers visited Nimbin leading up to the 2021 event and interviewed many organisers, volunteers as well as participants.
Many have contributed with video footage from previous events, including the very early days and the film brings them together to give everyone a feel of the spirit and atmosphere that MardiGrass creates.
The film is now available to watch for free of charge at the Cannabis Broadcasting Network.
MardiGrass’s heartfelt thanks to Krisztian Panczel and the Cannabis Broadcasting Network!
Due to the recent floods in the Northern Rivers, and the widespread damage to roads and infrastructure, the 30th MardiGrass Protestival will be postponed until 16-18 September 2022.