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Police are targeting visitors to Nimbin in yet another campaign of harassment directed against marijuana users.

At least two busloads of visitors were stopped during the so-called ‘Operation Overhaul’ on Nimbin and Koonorigan roads on Saturday.

Police allege they seized $40,000 worth of drugs during the operation, which took place between 1.30pm and 9pm, despite admitting they retrieved just six dope cookies and two grams of marijuana from the two tourist buses.

Additionally they found 1.12 kilograms of cannabis they claimed was worth $13,000 and 44 grams of a white powder, which they failed to identify but nevertheless deemed to be worth $30,000.

And out of 500 random breath tests only ten drivers were issued infringement notices.

Michael Balderstone from the Nimbin Hemp Embassy told Echonetdaily it was time the so-called war on drugs drew to a close.

‘The never-ending waste of everyone’s time and money hunting Nimbin pot smokers is a saga that needs to end, and the police need to support us in our quest to get the laws reviewed,’ he said.

‘And what’s with the police putting a dollar value on every gram of pot they find? Is it to show how much people could have spent on groceries instead of in the black market on a plant they could have grown in their backyard?’

‘America started this so-called “war on drugs”, yet today, 70 per cent of Americans can now grow their own cannabis or buy it from a dispensary. But in Australia we seem to swinging the other way.’

He added that ‘quite a few people driving to and from the weekly Friday evening MardiGrass Organising Body meeting were pulled over, including Tony Bower in his Mullaway Medical Cannabis bus’.

Police recently confiscated Bower’s entire crop, every plant labelled and destined for individual patients, many of them with cancer.

Despite the operation’s debatable success, Richmond Local Area Command warns it is planning to conduct similar actions in the near future.


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  1. Well, there goes some more of the tourist dollar, the markets out there are hangin by a thread as it is, thanks, dickheads.

  2. Why do they have “COPS” on channel 11 with reggae background music “bad boys, bad boys what you gonna do”. The “bad boys” are gonna kill you with their “TAZZERS”, that’s what the bad boys are gonna do.

  3. The mind boggles. Can any government which declares war on its own citizens, really be fit to govern the people?

    Can any police force which see fit to enact these war crimes really be fit to police the people?

    Can any citizen who does not bellow loud and long against such attrocities, really be fit to call themself a citizen of the people?

  4. It is very disappointing in our financially lean times to see tax-payer-funded training and salary for police officers put to really low value tasks like this. These officers probably hate this duty more than anyone. I can only imagine how frustrating it must be to finally graduate, earn the capability and the authority to go after the real predators in our community and then have to lose all momentum and watch the seconds tick by as you and your colleagues are forced to pander to the religious right’s hysterical war on drugs rhetoric. These officers need to be freed up to pursue their own new and innovative ideas and techniques to empower society. While the money’s tight, let’s try to focus on the priorities that matter!!!


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