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MardiGrass grows ahead as usual

Approximately ten thousand people flocked to the streets of Nimbin to take part in MardiGrass celebrations last weekend, May 1-2.

Help End Marijuana Prohibition president Michael Balderstone said that on Saturday afternoon, the Nimbin main street was crowded with people who wanted to take part in the ‘record number of joints in one place’ event.

“We had lots of people appointed to count the participants but they all lost count,” he said. “There were at least 420 people but it’s not yet an official record. Next time I’ll contact the Guinness Book of Records to see if we can make it official.”

Mr Balderstone one of the highlights for him was listening to speaker Dr Bob Melamede, professor of biology at the University of Colarado.

“He is an expert on cannabinoids and his explanations were very interesting,” Mr Balderstone said. “He said that when babies are first born, their mothers’ milk is full of cannabinoids which relaxes the babies and puts them to sleep. This just shows us that cannibinoids are a part of the human constitution and we are producing them all the time – so the police are always mildly stoned, they just don’t realise it.”

Mr Balderstone said he was disappointed that the inaugural ‘Tug of Peace’ event did not go ahead as planned.

“It was supposed to be the police force against the polite force but after one of our speakers was arrested that morning, the police pulled out of the event. People were looking forward to it, but I’m sure we’ll do it one day.”

Mr Balderstone said that police had a big presence on the roads during the weekend and that may have put off some people coming into Nimbin for the rally on Sunday.

“The police were out with their saliva testing kits on the road, but in town they stood back and won a lot of respect by being way less aggressive than the past few years.”

Over the weekend, police who attended MardiGrass charged 16 people for possessing/supplying drugs, investigated three serious assaults, conducted 74 person searches, located three knifes, gave 23 move on directions. They also seized cannabis leaf and hash cookies.


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