Hemp, hemp, hooray!

It’s MardiGrass time! That means the Ganja Faeries are dancing in Nimbin.
It’s MardiGrass time! That means the Ganja Faeries are dancing in Nimbin.

Visitors from around the planet and Casino are already gathering in Nimbin for MardiGrass – the famous cannabis law reform rally – this Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2.

Mardigrass has been going since 1993 in protest against the prohibition of cannabis and will continue “every year until we are not criminals,” MardiGrass spokesperson Michael Balderstone said.

“You may not have heard but a third of Europe and half of America has all but legalised the once sacred plant. One of the leading exponents of the change, Dr Bob Melamede from Colorado, is coming to MardiGrass to speak to us on the anti-ageing and anti-cancer properties of the endocannabinoids that Australian prime ministers keep insisting are driving us crazy,” Michael said. “We invited Kevin Rudd of course, if only he’d come.”

There are three stages with over 50 performers (Diana Anaid, A French Butler Called Smith, Marshall & the Fro, Fyah Walk, Alice Blue, Pagan Love Cult and more) and entertainments including the MardiGrass market, pot art and poetry, cannabis cooking classes, hash-making and vapourizer demos, the Kombi Konvoy, the Global Marijuana March Protest, Pot Art Tattoo, Obama look-a-like comp, Kidz Circus, legal advice sessions, buskers competition, hemp movies including the world premiere of The Hemp Solution, and the central event – the Rally and Parade for Cannabis Law Reform on Sunday afternoon where Nimbin’s legendary Ganja Faeries will be joined by the Bringabong Babes for the first time.

And then there is the Hemp Olympix.

This unique sporting event puts superbly practised athletes from all over the world into a two-day sporting competition where spectators can appreciate the amazing skills involved in joint-rolling, bong-throwing, the hemp rope tug ’o peace and the growers’ iron person event.

If cannabis is the best medicine then laughter is definitely the second best medicine.

The MardiGrass Comedy Show at the Nimbin Bowling Club this Saturday, May 1, will feature the comedic talents of Glover & Sorrensen, Sydney comedian Rob McHugh, Mandy Nolan and Nick the Hippy. Entry is $10/5. The laughs start at 8pm.

The alcohol industry has chosen to support the cause this year by supplying a free bus service to MardiGrass from Ballina, Wardell, Alstonville, and Casino. Check out the MardiGrass website for bus details at www.

You can buy a weekend pass for $80 which includes three nights camping at the showgrounds (or $40 for two days without camping). Or a one-day pass is $20. Passes are available in Nimbin or online from the website. Actually, you can find everything, including the full program of events, by visiting the website.

It’ll be a fun weekend for sure.

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