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A group of Nimbin residents plan to converge on the local police station on Saturday to demand an end to the ‘aggressive’ police raids on the village.

Outraged by recent police attention on the village, the Nimbin Action Group has called on the community to join in the non-violent protest.

Organiser Sophia Hoeben said the community had had enough.

‘We will be calling upon both federal and state governments to implement cannabis law reform and stop the overkill of police laying siege on our small village,’ she said.

‘Shopkeepers, locals and tourists alike are united in their outrage at the frequency of these aggressive raids and the resulting financial impact on Nimbin shops and services.’

Ms Hoeben said protesters would gather in Cullen Street, Nimbin, at 12 noon on Saturday.

They will then march to the Nimbin police station for a protest smoke-in.

‘Shops in Nimbin will be asked to close at midday for 10 minutes as a show of solidarity,’ she said.

It’s not the first time a smoke-in has been staged at the police station.

Back in March 1993, Nimbin residents marched on the Nimbin police station after undercover police officers were discovered buying cannabis in the area.

This enraged many to such an extent that they chased the police officers back to the police station and pelted them with eggs.

Concerned about bad publicity some of the townsfolk decided to come up with a more peaceful form of protest that ordinary people could comfortably join.

A few months later, the original Plantem, Bob Hopkins, led another contingent of townsfolk to the police station.

Dressed as a nun, Mr Hopkins presented himself at the front door of the police station smoking what he ‘believed to be’ a joint of marijuana.

He was duly arrested, but the action planted the seed for the annual Mardi Grass pot protest gathering.

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  1. Wow! You guys are like in a total police state. Think we’ll just keep going to N.Z. YOur country seems sooo draconian.

  2. Hi

    good on you writing this story and making more people aware of this soo important protest. I was there that day Bob Hopkins handed himself in to start soon later a hunger strike in goal. As much as my demenz, aged and THC hammered brain remembers, he wore a Jester uniform.

  3. I think something should be done about the harder drugs (and the unpleasant characters who sell them) but these raids only seem to net cannabis

    • I agree so much!!!
      the weed is harmless and pretty much the only thing that keeps nimbin going, and yet that is what all the investigations and raids are about. If they cut out the harmful drugs at least everyone would be safe.

  4. How dare these cops and politicians tell people they can’t smoke the herb. Prison planet! Hard drugs I can understand almost but leave the weed users the hell alone matrix robots.

  5. No answers from Police about the cause of the fires that ripped the heart from our village.
    12 state government ministers found to be criminals by ICAC, no charges laid.
    Politicians of all persuasions stating publicly their support for medical cannabis, including the Prime Minister,
    Funding cut from education, health and welfare.
    Yet the NSW Police can spend millions decimating Nimbin’s international tourist industry through repeated and pointless over the top raids on this tiny rural village.
    No dangerous synthetic drug dealers arrested, no synthetic drugs removed from circulation, just cannabis removed in quantities so small that it has no effect what so ever on the availability of cannabis.
    Can we evolve now?

  6. Well Jeez, It’s just as well your not the police chief, just a cranky old ‘EX’ school teacher who normally has little more to whinge about solar energy & how you wouldn’t take it up again. Give us a break.The facts are we will as a community embrace solar energy, cannabis use will become legal, the premier is on side….

  7. Isnt it funny that every tourist or xpat i speak to tell me that Australia is one of the worst country’s in the world in regards to Draconian Legislation, yet all those with there head in the sand seem to think tourists love the place….. Some of them when i tell them its illegal to live in a tent on your own freehold land almost fall over. And the shocking sotries i hear from torusits and police is just insane your safer dealing with the police in cambodia then here there just outright assholes with no understanding of the law whatso ever.


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