For those who
came in late...
"In March 1993, after a decade of raids
and arrests, and a particularly intensive recent period of random
street searches, arrests and rough treatment, a spontaneous demonstration
erupted, and marched to the police station, pelting it with eggs
and toilet paper. Negative newspaper reports followed. Nimbin
Hemp Embassy (formerly "Nimbin Hemp") members decided
to hold a peaceful protest in a non-confrontational
atmosphere, that ordinary people could comfortably attend,
on May 1, 1993. That was the first MardiGrass. (The spelling is
that officially used by the MardiGrass Organising Body) The MardiGrass
Organising Body (MOB) was formed to manage the event and consists
entirely of volunteers. The intention is to hold a MardiGrass
every year until prohibition ends."
That's what Wikipedia
says and we couldn't have summed it up better ourselves.
is now on with similar venues and programming to last year. We
tried to say we were a protest and not a festival to avoid a few
hundred pages of Council paperwork and costs, but to no avail,
and have now submitted a Development Application for every possibility,
depending on weather. We will be back in Peace Park for the HEMP
Olympix and music on a big stage, either down on the flat next
to the bowling green if it is dry, or if it’s too wet, up
on the old basketball court area above the new skatepark. If it’s
raining music will be in the Town Hall.
Sunday’s Twentieth Annual Cannabis Law Reform Rally is now
planned to march along the same route as last year, starting at
the cop shop and marching to Peace Park for speeches and music.
This May-Day in Lismore
( 1st of May 2012) the HEMP Party of Australia will lead a march
of concerned cannabis users and their friends from the Court House
in Lismore to the Police Station – and then on to the offices
of our public representatives in Lismore, Janelle Saffin and Thomas
The recent Australia21 Report has called for a re-examination
of our attitudes and laws regarding drug use. This significant
report, by a panel of esteemed professionals, was unequivocal
in its verdict: in the war on drugs – everyone loses! It
calls for widespread consultation towards fashioning a rational
response to drug taking in our community. However our politicians
are refusing to listen to the voice of the majority of Australians.
This protest march has been fashioned to highlight this refusal
by our politicians to engage in the drug law reform debate.
In a recent poll more than 70% of Australians agreed that our
drug laws must change – yet our politicians remain silent.
We must wake them up!
Some of the most respected voices in this debate have proposed
that we must reformulate our drug policies, or young and vulnerable
Australians will continue to suffer and die -yet our Prime Minister
simply refuses to even talk about the issue? This is unacceptable.
This protest will be asking our representatives to engage with
the recommendations of the Australia21 Report. The local Lismore
politicians will be asked to participate in a night of dialogue
with their constituents’ in the Lismore Town Hall at the
earliest opportunity. They represent a lot of illicit drug users
between them and both of their families have been personally touched
by the drug war and should understand the importance of changing
from a war on drugs to a plan on drugs.
It’s time our elected representatives faithfully represented
the views of their constituents and stopped pandering to the drug
lobby and other vested interests.
Other western world countries have tackled this issue. More than
70% of Americans currently have access to legally available medical
cannabis and many countries around the world are abandoning prohibition.
It’s time that Australia caught up with the rest of the
The HEMP Party President, Michael Balderstone, was enthusiastic
about getting these politicians to engage in a public debate.
“The Australia21 report really is a game-changer. Politicians
simply have to sit up and take notice.”
May 1st will kick off our annual MardiGrass protestival weekend,
May 5th and 6th , where we will be hosting a round table discussion
ourselves which includes Dr Alex Wodak , one of the directors
of the commissioned Report our PM dismissed before lunch on the
day it was released.
The 20th MardiGrass cannabis law reform annual gathering the
following weekend finally got consent yesterday for its development
application. “Its all go from here on in,” said a
MardiGrass Organising Body (MOB)spokesperson. “ The Australia21
Report has given a new optimism to the annual protest weekend.”
“ We managed to get our permits after changing the program.
The threat of an injunction in the Land and Environment Court
followed up with litigation for the costs in making sure nothing
went ahead made us rethink and we are now having a wreath laying
memorial service for the victims of prohibition instead of a mass
“It’s no big deal and and we are now looking forward
to a big weekend no matter the weather.”
There are 2 new Hemp Olympix Events for this year. The Rubbish
Bong Race where contestants have to improvise and make a bong
from whatever they can find and prove it works. And the “Inaugural
Special Distance and Accuracy Alan Jones About Face Bong Throw.”
Nimbin is looking more chaotic than ever with practise sessions
littering the street daily now.
The full MardiGrass program and tickets are on www.nimbinmardigrass.com
Every day the news is full of drug busts, day after day. Sydney
has nightly shootings and the cops are raiding bikies and frantically
trying to curb their lifestyle. So why do the Police not support
a review of our drug war?
These are questions Michael Balderstone as President of the HEMP
Embassy would like the NSW Police Commissioner to answer and the
letter he delivers to the Local Area Command nest Tuesday will
be addressed to Mr Scipione.
“I was really disappointed by his response recently to the
Australia21 Report stressing the urgency to change our attitude
to drug use. Mr Scipione’s comment of “one pill can
kill” was off the mark I thought. Does he believe the propaganda,
or what? And anyway how come he is commenting on policy? I remember
when Commissioner Ryan suggested decriminalising pot might help
he was told to shut up very quickly and his job was to follow
orders, not make policy.”
“I wonder if the police aren’t afraid of losing their
power if drugs are treated as a health rather than criminal issue.
Or perhaps they’re afraid of losing their jobs, which is
“Their relationship with the community would completely
change if drug use is treated as a health issue. Respect could
return and people would start helping them much more. In Nimbin
very few people help police simply because cannabis is illegal
and we all either use it or have friends who do.”
“Its a shocking thing to be labelled a criminal when you
know you aren't. We urge everyone who feels strongly about the
terrible drug war to join us next Tuesday, Mayday, at midday outside
the Lismore Court House. We will march to deliver letters to the
Police and our local Members of Parliament. Letters asking for
a public forum to discuss how best to deal with drug use in the
community, exactly what was recommended by the Australia21 Futures
For further ! Nimbin HEMP Embassy 0266890326 (Michael
Balderstone) or 0266218419 (DA Jim Moylan)
This year on the first weekend in May is the twentieth Nimbin
MardiGrass and Cannabis Law Reform Rally. It began as a group
of people marching to the local police station and making speeches
about the cannabis laws with music and dance. It has travelled
through the years and become more festival than protest. This
was a necessity due to the gathering of more and more people each
year to join in our protest; to find new and ingenious ways to
entertain the people. People who come from all over the globe
to gather in our little village because we have been brave enough
to not back down.
MardiGrass has always taken its responsibility in ensuring that
the celebration is as safe and non violent as possible by training
and deploying the "Jungle Patrol" a local security and
traffic control outfit made up of local volunteers, to watch over
and keep the peace at the various venues and on the street in
general. It registers, puts up and feeds over a hundred visiting
volunteers for a week, who put up and pull down ALL the infrastructure
required, including extra toilets and waste management. It organises
two to three days of events, ranging from discussion forums and
exhibitions to markets,concert stages and the infamous Hemp Olympix.
It culminates in what's now called a 'grand parade' and rally,
with tourists coming for miles to see the spectacle. Which brings
it back full circle and is what it started with in the first place.
Not bad for a bunch of protesters, especially when they're all
MardiGrass has also had fairly cordial relations with Lismore
City Council in the past, usually liaising with someone who is
necessarily an easy going person but who can tick all the Council
boxes at the same time. Considering Lismore City Council cash
in on our 'colourful village' and MardiGrass images you'd think
some assistance would be forthcoming from their Event Management
department. Instead of assistance this twentieth year however,
Council has used threatening letters from their lawyers to force
compliance from MardiGrass organisers in completing a development
application so lengthy and detailed that it is mind numbing (and
that's not just stoned hippies). Consider also that the organisers
of MardiGrass remain the same core group year in and year out
but that the responsible and paid Council employees have no such
commitment or purpose and need a full induction year in and year
MardiGrass has used the 'occupy' stamp on its poster this year
as an act of solidarity with protests worldwide, but MardiGrass
is essentially about decriminalising a herb many people use, and
having fun and experiencing our unique Nimbin culture, with lots
of humour. The police riot squad are expected to attend again,
and organisers trust that they will again not be needed but for
the "Tug of Peace" in the Hemp Olympix, a popular event
held last year between police and the general public using a hemp
The entire village hosts the MardiGrass now. MardiGrass organisers
practice harm reduction to the point of collecting newspapers
and milk for disgruntled locals who can't get their cars out of
driveways or who are afraid of the crowds. Mail drops go to post
boxes every year informing local people of plans, but this protest
has grown out of all proportion; it is now twenty years old,and
The report on the War on Drugs is timely for MardiGrass protestors,
but the Prime Minister's recent party line comments disappoint;
they show she does not have the spine required to lead on this
important issue. And the MardiGrass will continue to grow.
to end drug prohibition
In order to end drug prohibition four things need to occur:
• Reformers need to organize.
• Information about the failures of the current system and
potential benefits (and challenges) of a new approach needs to
be shared widely.
• Discussions need to happen.
• Politicians and other leaders need to be persuaded that
it is in their best interest to talk about ending prohibition.
The battleground for change will be in the media. Journalists
and reporters need to be engaged in the process where ever possible.
• Join existing drug policy reform groups and / or start
new a new group, meet regularly, plan and implement strategies.
• Contribute money, resources and time to existing groups!!!!
• Go to drug policy reform conferences to share ideas and
• Organize fund raising events.
• Educate yourself. Explore the internet, read books, find
and understand the research (www.whyprohibtion.ca, www.drugwarfacts.org,
www.tdpf.org.uk, www.drugpolicy.org, etc)
• Share the best of the above with family, friends and community.
• Learn the language of change. Talk about the need to regulate
and control all currently illegal drugs based on human rights
and public health principles – not “drug legalization”
and the need to “protect our children – end prohibition
now”. See the document “questions, answers and soundbytes
• Find good books and recommend them to your local library.
• Give research information on the failures of drug prohibition
to students and encourage them to write papers on this topic.
• Join email list-serves where you get regular information
about what is happening.
• Make distribution lists and then tweet, facebook, email
and spam others with the information.
• Start a web site where you share information.
• Develop an information brochure and hand this out widely.
• Come out of the closet – take about your own experiences.
• Hold events which support open public discussions –
invite speakers to share their ideas. Invite the media to attend
and participate where possible. Be prepared for lots of tears
when people speak as prohibition is the source of a lot of pain
and suffering in many people’s lives.
• Show up to existing drug policy reform events, offer your
support and speak your truth.
• Ask health officials / managers why they are not speaking
out about the need to promote of a health perspective to drugs
and challenge the criminalization of drugs. Show them that the
research shows that criminalization of drugs increases both health
and social problems and remind them that they say that their approach
is “evidence based”.
• Ask the police what evidence they have for supporting
drug prohibition and ask them why they are not encouraging alternative
approaches to reducing drug use and associated harms, as the research
shows that criminalization of drug users encourages crime.
• Be honest with your children. Teach them about both the
harms from drugs and the harms from drug prohibition.
• Buy or make bumper stickers, T shirts, mugs, stickers
with catchy slogans and use them everywhere.
• Stage visually dramatic events, take lots of pictures,
send to the media and post on the web. Examples: Put up crosses
in a park with the names of all the people who have died from
illegal drugs, carry a coffin into city hall, hang a drug war
dummy, have groups with logo T shirts in interesting locations.
• Call in to radio talk shows after memorizing the soundbytes
Influencing politicians and leaders
• Talk to the leaders. Find people who play a leadership
role in a variety of communities (e.g. faith communities, civil
rights groups, health groups, citizen action groups, union leaders,
aboriginal groups, etc) and share the research with them and ask
them to help.
• Write a letter to a politician - “yes” this
makes a difference.
• Set up a table in a public place where you have a variety
of text / sentences / Q&A’s on small sheets of paper
exploring a range of reasons to end drug prohibition. Ask people
who walk by to write a letter, either in their own words or using
the supplied text supporting the cause. Keep and copy the letters
and meet with politicians and the media and give them the letters.
Save the copies and repeat.
• Write letters to the media.
• Participate in online polls and sign online letters and
declarations and share the links to these widely (e.g. Vienna
• When you see an article in the news about drugs, prohibition
or HIV, etc find the article online and contribute a thoughtful,
compassionate response in the comments section. Assume politicians
are reading what you say and present yourself as a concerned member
of mainstream society who wants to reduce the damage done to our
children by drug prohibition.
• Organize peaceful public demonstrations or go to existing
protests. Take professional looking banners, signs to be waved,
brochures and bullhorn (with new batteries). Memorize catchy chants.
• Vote for politicians who support freedom / liberty and
against politicians who promote fear of others.
Be prepared to be persistent as lots of polite repetition is
This document is available at www.markhaden.com
MOB HANDBOOK MOTTO>>>>"Don't
The MardiGrass Organising Body (MOB) has struggled to have clear
decision making discussions with Lismore Council about this years
protest. The weekend has run at a substantial loss the last two
and we tried to simplify the program for this year. Also because
have a terrific new skatepark in the middle of the HEMP Olympix
now and it is so wet we well may not be able to use Peace Park
like last year.
We suggested the protest does not need a Development Application(DA)
and in fact police perhaps are supposed to manage traffic in a
protest. We offered to not fence Peace Park or close Sibley Street
avoid the DA.
A DA is needed for camping at the showgrounds and that has been
We now have until this Friday to submit a DA for other activities
traffic management plans, parking, toilets, rubbish, and a million
other things like emergency plans and signs everywhere etc. We
appointment to meet with Council on Thursday morning and we will
submit our DA then, with CLOG to the rescue with technical know
Council has had 2 meetings with Police about MardiGrass without
which we think is very uncool. Police have objected to several
ideas without us even being there to discuss the issues involved.
course the Police are as keen on MardiGrass as the Pope is on
Insurance companies have the Council by the nuts good and tight
seems, with the police helping them to twist!
What we want to know is who is putting in the Easter DA for Nimbin,
because there will be huge crowds, traffic jams, music on the
and parking dramas. But we'll have a great time and very few troubles
Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of
Hemp Book Launch
Drew Hutton, Green historian and activist, will launch Sir Joseph
Banks and the Question of Hemp by Dr John Jiggens at Avid Reader,
Boundary Street, West End, on Tuesday April 24 at 6pm.
Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp examines the way the
hemp question directed Britain’s colonial policy and naval
strategy between 1776 and 1815, a period when Britain lost its
first empire in the US and began a second empire, centred on the
It argues that New South Wales was intended as a replacement
hemp colony for the US. The convicts were a cover story. ‘The
Father of Australia’ Sir Joseph Banks was a cannabis zealot,
who, together with his protégé Governor Philip King,
was responsible for the cultivation of tens of acres of cannabis
on the banks of the Nepean and Hawkesbury Rivers in the 1800s.
Although Banks was primarily interested in hemp as a fibre crop,
he was also intrigued with drug cannabis or ganga. Banks was regularly
sent quantities of hashish from James Matra, the British consul
in Tangiers. The poet and early drug enthusiast, Samuel Taylor
Coleridge, found out about Banks’ stash of hashish and got
Banks to send him a quantity. Coleridge later wrote an account
of his experience, which is the first recorded use of drug cannabis
in England. This, of course, makes Banks the first supplier of
drug cannabis in England.
If you can’t make it to the launch, ask your book shop
to get Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp.
Or ask your library to get a copy of Sir Joseph Banks and the
Question of Hemp.
John will be attending MardiGrass this year to promote
his book. Meet him there!
MULLAWAYS MEDICAL CANNABIS PTY LTD
PRESS RELEASE 15th March 2012
NSW POLICE SEIZE MEDICINE
The NSW Police have hit a new low by descending in an expensive
tax-payer-funded operation with a police chopper and confiscated
the medical cannabis crop needed to make Mullaways Medical Cannabis
Tincture. The medical cannabis crop was a strain of cannabis specifically
bred by Mullaways Medical Cannabis Pty Ltd to be extracted into
a medical tincture. Each medical cannabis plant was labelled for
specific patients. Through the confiscation of this medical cannabis
crop, the NSW Police have deprived many Australians their medicine.
It is a form of discrimination against sufferers of chronic illness
and pain whom need this medicine – Medical Cannabis.
300 plus chronically ill and dying patients will now be deprived
of this indispensible medicine used for the relief of pain and
Many of the patients have been using Mullaways Medical Cannabis
Tincture for years and have letters of support from their doctors
to use the tincture. Mullaways is the only company in Australia
providing medical cannabis. The only other avenue for patients
to access medical cannabis is through the Commonwealth Government's
Special Access Scheme. This is a long and expensive process as
this product is required to be imported from an overseas medical
cannabis company and many patients are unable to afford it as
it is unavailable on the PBS.
Tony Bower, Managing Director of Mullaways Medical Cannabis Pty
Ltd, says he has maintained clear accountability and transparency
in his business. Both State and Federal Governments have been
fully aware of Mullaways Medical Cannabis operations for years.
Mullaways Medical Cannabis Pty Ltd has been open and forthright
with all parties, especially the Government. Tony has complied
with all government requirements for the past three years to get
his company up and running and to get this medicine to the dying
and chronically ill people who need it free of charge. Federally
approved, where is the Federal intervention?
Director of Mullaways Mr Tony Bower says, “My culture does
not allow me to refuse help to people who ask for it and where
I know I can help, as it is, and surely should be, in any civilised
culture. I could not have been any more honest and open about
what I am doing. I know that I can help and even heal people with
my medicine, a medicine that doesn't get people stoned. Almost
half of Americans now have access to legal medical cannabis now.
We need to urgently address the issue here in Australia.”
Tony Bower said “I have worked tirelessly to try to please
people in government but continue to be treated with disrespect.
The patients need their medicine daily. Does the NSW Department
of Health have a plan for the dying and chronically ill medical
cannabis patients in this part of country?”
Anthony D Bower, Director & Founder Mullaways Medical
Cannabis Pty Ltd. http://www.mullawaysmedicalcannabis.com.au/
Medical Cannabis Treaty
The Obama Visit
Some Wars are more important than others.....
Storm Crow's July 2011 List, with an important message....
2011 HEMP Olympix Results:
Growers Iron Man:
1st - Luca (Italy) - 31
2nd - Clemont (France) - 33 seconds
3rd - Ollie (France) - 37 seconds
Growers Iron Woman:
1st - Karen (Sunshine Coast)
- 51.06 seconds
2nd - Hannah (Sunshine Coast) - 51.45 seconds,
3rd - Sarah (Aratula) - 55.23 seconds
1st - Hayden (Bongchucka
2nd - Garry ( Nimbin)
3rd - Luke (Caboolture)
1st - Rachael (Ipswich)
2nd - Sallie (Nimbin)
3rd - Lisa (Dublin)
1st - David (France) - 24
2nd - Bob the Joint Builder
3rd - Sally (Nimbin)
1st - Bob the Joint Builder
- 53 seconds
2nd - David (France)
3rd - Sarah (Aratula)
1st - Raphael (France) -
2nd - Bob the Joint Builder
3rd - Selina (Brisbane)
1st - Tobias (Germany) -
"Orchestral Triangle with Striker"
2nd - Sarah (Aratula) - "Tulip"
3rd - Bob the Builer - "Prince William" & Sally
(Nimbin) - "Kate Middleton" - a Joint Effort.
A New Perspective for people opposed
to ending Prohibition. By WGH.
Imagine if you will, that you are eating a nice meal and drinking
the best red wine in your collection, or maybe just an medium
priced bottle of good Aussie wine. In front of you is the newspaper
you picked up on the way home and suddenly with disbelief you
read the headline on the front page, “Alcohol Prohibition
Now a Certainty, New Laws Passed!”
You read it again and look at the wine bottle on the table. This
is the first you have heard, but for weeks now, the new government
has talked constantly about the need to tackle the huge social
cost of this legal nightmare drug, alcohol. Violent crime in the
city is up nearly three hundred percent, alcohol related health
costs are soaring as the population ages, and the number of chronic
alcoholics has reached epidemic proportions.
“We had to do something drastic” claims the minister
of health, a newly elected Christian anti drug campaigner and
active member of the Drug Free Australia organization.
You read on, “During a tumultuous parliamentary session
lasting all night, the bill to add alcohol to the list of already
illegal drugs, such as cannabis and heroin, has passed with a
very narrow majority through both houses of parliament”.
“Production and consumption of alcohol will now be a criminal
offense with possession of up to a litre (in any form) punishable
by a maximum of a two thousand dollar fine, or two years in prison”.
After your disbelief settles, you get angry, “How dare
they do this!” you think and “screw them, I will make
my own wine and beer and they can go to hell!”. You are
not alone, Many, otherwise law abiding citizens, make the same
decision to use the drug of their choice. After all, what right
has the government to tell us what we can and can't put in our
own bodies? Lots of legal rights, as it turns out. You feel it
is a little like the censorship of your thoughts, and you would
be right. It turns out there are millions of fellow Australians
who are willing to break this ridiculous law in the privacy of
their own homes. Most think, “they can't lock us all up”.
What you soon realize though, is that the law enforcers, at the
behest of the government, are prepared to violently invade your
home and your basic civil liberties, to search for this newly
One year into total prohibition and now the zealots have added
tobacco to the list of prohibited products. Taxes have risen markedly
to cover the black hole created by the loss of tax revenue. There
has been a huge increase in spending on law enforcement and the
prison budget has blown out by billions, with fifteen new private
prisons planed to house the nearly four million expected inmates.
There are now thousands of people, who the previously legal industry
employed, out of work. Some get new jobs, others have joined the
ever growing black market entrepreneurs, to supply a huge number
of illegal drinkers.
This large black market industry of very unsavory types controls
every aspect of the supply of alcohol and other drugs, except
that is, the safety of it's users. They don't ask our kids for
ID, they don't care as long as they have the money for the product.
Prohibition supporters are now claiming a link between alcohol
and harder drugs such as heroin. The so called “gateway
drug” status is now associated with alcohol. Over seventy
percent of all prisoners, are now inside for a drug, alcohol,
or tobacco related crime, at a cost of $65,000 per prisoner, per
year. Some members of the public are pushing to have the law changed,
but powerful vested interests, are now lobbying the government
to retain the status quo.
Police remain stretched to the limit. Rapes, murders and burglaries
go unsolved as priority is given to “drug crimes”
because the tables laden with cash and contraband look so much
more glamorous in the media. The drug lords of the black market
now just sit back and watch the “tax free” dollars
flow in like a river in full flood. They now have no other means
of settling disputes over territory so violent turf wars are a
regular occurrence in the streets.
You have also decided not to deal with street dealers. You are
prepared to take a greater legal risk to do so by using your shed
to produce beer or grow tobacco for your own use. You also install
a carbon exhaust filter system to clean the smell from the air,
to reduce the risk of your neigbours reporting you to the police.
You still buy illegally distilled spirits from street dealers,
risking possible blindness from high levels of wood alcohol. You
feel a little paranoid whilst watching news reports each night
showing raids by heavily armed SWAT teams on suburban homes suspected
of producing alcohol or growing tobacco illegally. You think “I
could be next”.
Each day, normal people from all walks of life - teachers, police,
lawyers and doctors, are arrested. In many cases they become unemployed
because the criminal record for “drug production”
never really goes away - it is a actually a life sentence. These
newly created criminals also find out when they go to travel that
many countries refuse them a visa based on their criminal record.
Those who can't find work further burden tax payers through welfare
As the penalties increase over the next twenty years, due to
lack of impact, or any real reduction in “alcohol crime”,
drinkers and smokers become more and more cautious and scared
to speak out.Politicians are now afraid to suggest bringing an
end to prohibition for fear of being labeled “soft on alcohol”.
Action groups are forming all over the Internet, claiming this
law has to change and the issue treated as a health problem -
not a criminal one, but this cry falls on deaf ears.
There is a major annual festival in the former wine growing district
of the Hunter Valley to draw attention to the heavy handed approach
by the Police and lack of evidence behind this failed and costly
policy. Helicopters circle the area for months each year, searching
for clandestine grape crops hidden in state forests, or grown
hydroponically under lights in many suburban homes.
The recently elected Prime minister admits to “having a
few drinks” at university and no one bats an eye, I mean,
who cares, everybody does it, don't they? Just don't get caught.
Entirely fictitious, the above scenario sounds quite ridiculous
and far fetched by today's standards. It is however, the very
real and unjust situation many of the world's millions of cannabis
users live with every day of their lives, and have done for the
past forty or fifty years, simply for choosing to use a drug now
well known to be much safer than alcohol or tobacco, but unfortunately
illegal and considered a serious criminal offense. In
the USA today, a cannabis user is arrested every thirty seven
seconds, think about that for a minute.
The penalties cannabis users and small time growers face do far
more harm than the drug itself. Self righteous anti drug campaigners
would rather see thousands of people's lives and families destroyed
by overly draconian penalties maintaining a failed and costly
policy, for doing nothing more than getting a little high in the
privacy of their own homes.
Welcome to the evils and the nightmare that is cannabis
2010 HEMP Olympix Winners
1. Rachael - Ipswich - 43.8 metres
2. Liddie - Bong Chucker Heads - 37.6 metres
3. Emma - Bong Chucker Heads - 35.1 metres
Men's Bong Throw:
1. Brendan - Bong Chucker Heads - 51.5 metres
2. Zac - Newcastle - 51.3 metres
3. Voss - Sydney - 46.6
Men's Iron Grower/Person:
1. Scott - Sydney - 1minute 14 seconds
2. Ghost - Coast - 1 minute 17 seconds
3. Mark - Tasmania - 1 minute 19 seconds
Women's Iron Grower/Person:
1. Andrea - Victoria - 1 minute 31 seconds
2. Jakira - Nimbin - 1 minute 35 seconds
3. Rachael - Ipswich - 1 minute 44 seconds
Joint Roll - Speed:
1. Bob the Builder - Australia - 25 seconds
2. Sally - Nimbin
3. Matt - France
Joint Roll - Blind:
1. Bob the Builder - Australia - 44 seconds
2. Matt - France - 1 minute 14 seconds
3. Sally - Nimbin - 1 minute 15 seconds
Joint Roll - Adverse Conditions:
1. Bob the Builder - Australia - 31 seconds
2. Sally - Nimbin
3. Ash - Sunshine Coast
Joint Roll - Artistic:
1. Matt - France
2. Bob the Joint Builder
3. Groover - Sydney
Saturday, 4:20, Million Man Marihuana March.
2010 Mardigrass Photos
In the Adobe photo galleries below, clicking on an image
makes it BIG, ok?
Gallery LR 1
Subiaco Photo Gallery Adobe
Subiaco Photo Gallery Picassa
by Byron Bay Photographer Tao Jones Porta
Dr Bob Melamede and Mark "Moose" Heinrich at
The winds of change blowing on cannabis law reform
Global cannabis prohibition dates from a League of Nations meeting
in 1924. The arguments put up at that meeting made no scientific
were accepted by the delegates. Australia was represented at the
the Commonwealth then wrote to the states advising that cannabis
prohibited. NSW wrote back saying that the drug was not known
in this state
but if the Commonwealth wanted NSW to prohibit the drug, then
comply. More than three score and ten years later we still prohibit
cannabis. But an edifice built on sand is slowly getting unstable.
It is hard to keep the same attitudes to cannabis prohibition
when Obama and
the two previous US Presidents are known to have smoked cannabis.
cannabis is a gateway drug after all * the drug that young Americans
try if they want to become President of the USA.
Public opinion on cannabis prohibition is changing rapidly in
the USA. In
1969, the national Gallup poll recorded 84% opposition and 12%
the question ‘do you support the legalization of marihuana?’
But in 2009,
opposition had dropped to 54% while support had increased to 44%.
rate of change, supporters will outnumber opponents within a few
several other national US public opinion polls, supporters already
opponents. Medical marihuana is already legal in 14 states of
(representing a sizeable proportion of the population of the country).
number of states starting to allow medical marihuana is steadily
The Obama Administration is allowing state law to prevail ov er
on the question of medical marihuana. In November, the citizens
California (and possibly some other states) will vote to decide
not cannabis can be taxed and regulated. The global financial
bankrupted several states (including California). Taxing cannabis
new revenue stream while abandoning prohibition promises to cut
enforcement costs. The need to increase government revenue while
expenditure is likely to grow in other countries, including Australia.
In Europe, several countries have either directed police to not
against personal possession of drugs including cannabis (the Netherlands,
Germany) or removed legal sanctions against personal possession
Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic). Similar developments have
half a dozen South American countries.
Attitudes to medicinal cannabis are also starting to more closely
the scientific evidence in a growing number of countries. The
benefit keeps growing. It is scandalous that Australian men and
2010 continue to suffer from symptoms that could be made less
The proportion of Australians consuming cannabis is among the
highest in the
world. But in Australia the health damage from tobacco is 40 times
than cannabis, alcohol is eleven times greater than cannabis and
drugs is ten times greater than cannabis. Concerns about possible
health problems in people smoking cannabis are discussed a great
Australia and the UK. There is still no evidence (or even arguments)
suggest that these possible health complications are decreased
is largely supplied by criminals and corrupt police.
The debate on cannabis law reform in Australia is now way behind
occurring in other developed countries. It’s high time (no
pun intended) we
started asking whether prosecuting minor cannabis offences is
use of scare law enforcement resources in 2010, or whether we
better off treating cannabis more like alcohol and tobacco * and
taxing and regulating it. many senior police now favour a more
response to cannabis.
The safest way to use cannabis is not to use it at all. But if
you are going
to use it, please follow the Nimbin Health and Medical Research
(NHMRC) guidelines on safer use.
Let’s work together to achieve the taxation and regulation
of cannabis and
its medicinal use to ease suffering.
Dr Alex Wodak,
Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation
Ganja faeries have started meeting each
Tuesday at 5.30pm at the market stage. All welcome
Lords" vs "Drug Czars": Cut the ground out from
under both of them!
Prohibition is a sickening horror and the ocean
of incompetence, corruption and human wreckage it has left in
its wake is almost endless.
Prohibition has decimated generations and criminalized millions
for a behavior which is entwined in human existence.
Based on the unalterable proviso that drug use is essentially
an unstoppable and ongoing human behavior which has been with
us since the dawn of time, any serious reading on the subject
of past attempts at any form of drug prohibition would point most
sensible people in the direction of sensible regulation.
By its very nature prohibition cannot fail but create a vast increase
in criminal activity, and rather than preventing society from
descending into anarchy, it actually fosters an anarchic business
model - the international Drug Trade. Any decisions concerning
quality, quantity, distribution and availability are then left
in the hands of unregulated, anonymous, possibly ruthless drug
dealers, who are interested only in the profits involved.
Many of us have now finally wised up to the fact that the best
avenue towards realistically dealing with drug use and addiction
is through proper regulation, which is what we already do with
alcohol & tobacco --two of our most dangerous mood altering
substances, the two with the most deaths caused. But unfortunately
policy is dominated by those who will no doubt remain sorely upset
with any type of solution that does not seem to lead to the absurd
and unattainable utopia of a drug free society.
There is an irrefutable connection between drug prohibition and
the crime, corruption, disease and deaths caused. If you are not
capable of understanding this connection, then maybe you're using
something far stronger than the rest of us. Anybody 'halfway bright'
and who's not psychologically challenged, should be capable of
understanding, that it is not simply the demand for drugs that
creates the mayhem; it is our refusal to allow legal businesses
to meet that demand.
No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, diminution of rights
and liberties, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our
streets safer; only an end to prohibition can do that. How much
longer are you willing to foolishly risk your own survival by
continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution?
If you still support the kool aid mass suicide cult of prohibition,
and erroneously believe that you can win a war without logic and
practical solutions, then prepare yourself for even more death,
corruption, terrorism, sickness, imprisonment, unemployment, foreclosed
homes, and the complete loss of the rule of law and human rights.
"A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles
upon which our government was founded." (Abraham Lincoln)
The only thing prohibition successfully does is prohibit regulation
and taxation while turning even our schools and prisons into black
markets for drugs. Regulation would mean the opposite!
From: Malcolm Kyle
Hello Australia and the
fine folks at Nimbin Hemp Embassy
Greetings from Canada’s
2nd Annual Treating Yourself Expo!
Treating Yourself magazine is excited to host the upcoming 2nd
annual Treating Yourself Expo in June of 2011 at the Metro Toronto
Convention Centre. We want you to be a part of it. Mark June 3rd
- 5th, 2011 on your calendar and join patients, their friends
and loved ones, professionals, distributors, manufacturers from
the Alternative Medicine , Hemp , and the Medical Cannabis industries
from across North America, Europe and other parts of the World.
Showcase, demonstrate, educate you about their products.
Counting patients, vendors, medical and professionals from the
alternative medicine and hemp industries among it’s expected
attendance of 20,000+. Treating Yourself Magazine’s 2nd
annual Expo promises to be a world stage like no other seen before
in Canada, offering three days of networking, learning, advertising,
and vending in an interactive, inclusive environment.
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this extraordinary
Treating Yourself .Com was founded in May 2002 by Marco Renda.
In 2005 we started our publication and is now distributed in countries
world-wide, Treating Yourself is a journal written for patients,
by patients. Our mission is to build awareness, generate interest,
educate and provide our readers (which include medical cannabis,
alternative medicine users, members of the hemp community, their
caregivers, professionals in this and related industries) with
conscientious, ethical, and reliable information to assist them
with the management of their wide and varied health needs and
provide them with access to safe and reliable products.
To help us achieve this goal, the 2011 Expo will be hosting a
series of workshops, seminars, documentaries and short films on
subjects like alternative medicine , medical cannabis, activism,
security and safety, nutrition, hemp, cooking, and more.
This one-of-a-kind event will also have a government-approved
4000 square foot vapor lounge to accommodate medical cannabis
patients who can feel comfortable and relaxed medicating. While
there is absolutely no selling or distributing of cannabis permitted
at the Expo, we encourage patients to bring their own medicine
along with them, as vaporizers of all makes and models will be
available for use. These include, but are not limited to the HerbalAire,
and the De-Verdamper. Our hope is to give patients an opportunity
to determine which type is most suitable for their individual
Go to our event website for more information or to purchase tickets.
Take Care and Peace
The Alternative Medicine Journal
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