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Nimbin wants medical cannabis amnesty and trial

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A workshop in Nimbin in November will update people on medicinal cannabis. (file pic) www.flickr.com/people/90809455@N00
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A workshop in Nimbin will update people on medicinal cannabis. (file pic) www.flickr.com/people/90809455@N00
A workshop in Nimbin will update people on medicinal cannabis.
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Medicinal cannabis advocates in Nimbin want the Lismore City Council to contact the State Government asking for an amnesty and a trial to take place in the village.

For many years, Nimbin has been at the forefront of the push to recognise cannabis as medicine, and regularly holds workshops to provide people with information about the many uses of cannabis.

Another workshop will be held on November 11  at the Bush Theatre in the old Nimbin butter factory.

Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said the recent announcement that a Canadian company wanted to set up a medicinal cannabis facility on land supplied by the Richmond Valley Council was seen as ironic by people in Nimbin.

‘The irony of Casino getting this huge crop is not lost on anyone in Nimbin, It also adds to a situation which is very confusing for everyone,’ Mr Balderstone said.

“Every announcement from the government gives people the impression that medical cannabis is legal and as a result Nimbin has been flooded with people searching for medicine.’

“Nimbin has become like an outdoor cannabis hospital which is why we need some sort of amnesty to stop the confusion for the people, and the nine police patrolling the village.’

Mr Balderstone said Lismore City Council was ‘in the box seat’ to argue the case to the state government to conduct a medical cannabis trial in the village.

‘Lismore council has Nimbin in its shire and we have the experience, understanding and knowledge to help people.

‘We could be pioneering this treatment but we need some sort of amnesty for personal cannabis use and personal supply.’

‘If there is no amnesty, where are people supposed to get it?’

“I like the mayor (Isaac Smith). He’s a good guy. He even opened Mardi Grass this year which is a first. It would be fantastic if the council could look at the predicament that Nimbin is in.’

Instead, Mr Balderstone said people were upset that council officers and police removed chairs from the main street this week that were allegedly being used by people either selling medical cannabis or using it.

‘Now we’ve got milk crates everywhere because people want somewhere to sit. A lot of them are medical cannabis users and their habit keeps them broke and homeless because they need to spend a lot of money to get their medicine’.

‘Instead of helping these people, and recognising the need, the council won’t even let them sit on a chair on the footpath.’



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  1. Yes amnesty would be beneficial to the community. There is so much misconception around the cannabis debate. There is a need for medicinal marijuana.

  2. It’s a crying shame that Council and police don’t seem to be busting people for real crimes. I need not create a list.
    Stupid officers and councillors; listen up; I am a cannibis user and have been for forty years, and it isn’t cannibis that messed up my life, it’s alcohol! So while you are hypocritically consuming your legal drug of choice, take a good look at yourself… and then think… real hard about the folks that NEED medical cannibis to get themselves through the day, think about the fact that your legal drug of choice; alcohol has no healing properties, in fact it is damaging.
    And think about the real crimes that are being committed and do the right thing, do your best to stop those cruel insane activities and leave these benign individuals who are only searching for a way to heal themselves alone!!!!

  3. Nimbin would have to be the worst place to trial anything related to cannabis. It is totally trapped inside it’s own Nimbin Bubble, which if filled with dope smoke. Amnesty and Trial? Already a problem there.
    Need scientific evidence? No worriers, roll another number.

    Who in their right mind would listen to anything these stoners would say about the serious aspects of Medical Cannabis. I believe we would have had the products legally available if it wasn’t for the stupidity of the organisers, whose real agenda is to legalise recreational use, which I fully support.
    They have held back serious work by their self-serving antics. Nimbin Mardigrass fools latched onto the medical bandwagon, while at the same time promoting recreational use.
    The “Hemp Olympics” during Mardigrass have regularly featured events such as The Bong Throw and Yell, Joint Rolling, Ironman Grower, and a few other dopey events that escape my mind. Medical?, I don’t think so.

    To be fair, Nimbin has been the loudest cannabis advocate in NSW, which has raised the profile of cannabis, for both good, and bad.

    Going back to Aquarius days, when it all began, it was a totally different place, full of peace, love, and hope for the future. It didn’t take long for it to be flooded by ferals, misfits, heroin, city slickers that wanted to make money, and the political types intent on promoting themselves. Still seems to be the case.

  4. the best of greetings michael

    it must be because you live in the beautiful northern rivers of nsw australia and are still protected enough from the ‘the real’ world to remain so delightfully naive to think that the issue of medical marijuana and all its ramifications has anything to do with helping people…..it is about ‘the globalists’ the army of satan’s generals and their cronies dictating from BIS (basel international settlement bank)–>world Banks/IMF–>national banks/multinationals (who as we all know own big pharma)–>dictating to governments/councils/politicians how to maximise their bucks and along with that of human suffering (a relatively benign offshoot ) of their eugenics related pogroms

    be sure when it does come it will not be wholesome and organic vis a vis link below

    consider yourselves lucky that all they have removed are the street benches for now


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