Tomorrow the HEMP Party of Australia will lead a march of concerned cannabis users and their friends from the Lismore Court House to the Police Station – and then on to the offices of local members Janelle Saffin and Thomas George.
The 1 May event will kick off the annual MardiGrass protestival in Nimbin next weekend, 5 and 6 May. It will include a round-table discussion with Dr Alex Wodak, one of the directors of the Australia21 Report, which our PM dismissed before lunch on the day it was released.
The 20th MardiGrass cannabis law reform annual gathering next weekend has finally received consent for its development application. ‘Its all go from here on in,’ said a MardiGrass Organising Body (MOB) spokesperson, Michael Balderstone.
‘The Australia21 Report has given a new optimism to the annual protest weekend.
‘In a recent poll conducted by the Hobart Mercury, 71 per cent of people polled agreed that our marijuana laws must change. Even 56 per cent of Telegraph readers want it legalised!
‘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.
The protest will be asking our representatives to engage with the recommendations of the Australia21 Report. George and Page will be asked to participate in a night of dialogue at the Lismore Town Hall at the earliest opportunity.
Mr Balderstone said, ‘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’.
Mr 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.’
The main event has received police approval with some minor changes.
‘We are now having a wreath-laying memorial service for the victims of prohibition instead of a mass surrender!’ Mr Balderstone said.
There are two 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’.
The full MardiGrass program and tickets are on www.nimbinmardigrass.com.