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MardiGrass turns 27

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‘We’ve been crying out for decades this is our choice of medicine,’ said Michael.

‘Finally they agree, surrendering to the overwhelming science, but keep on hunting us the same as before. Even worse, we’re getting busted driving now. Their clever war tactics of sniffer dogs and saliva tests have also dramatically changed drug trends in Australia. Nobody takes a joint into a festival these days do they? The new generations have actually been encouraged to take up pills.’

For this reason he says the Nimbin MardiGrss is even more relevant today.

‘Cannabis needs to be separated from the other illegal drugs as its completely different. One is a herb that has never killed anyone and the other is a chemical mix with no quality control. Police on the ground are totally frustrated they have to treat ice the same as pot,’ explained Michael.

27 years strong

So the Nimbin MardiGrass Festival for the 27th year in a row will again be protesting, educating and celebrating the power of cannabis.

‘There’s already a big program of speakers, both from Australia and overseas. Heading the line up is Charly Bedrossian from the Netherlands, head gardener at the Cannabis College in Amsterdam. Other new speakers include two impressive plant heads, glass artists and craftsmen from North America,’ said Michael.

‘Cannabis experts from around Australia will be here to discuss every aspect of the plant, be it for seeds, or rope, or medicine for pets, its all on the agenda.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. I’d totally agree with Mardi grass’s politics, it’s just sad they spend most of their time on other drugs and the town is rife with homelessness, puts a negative spin on it.

  2. Yea, sooooo unlike anywhere else! Lucky country that this only town/city with homeless and hard drug issues. Sooooo caring, have a safe trip home.

    • And like any other town would be able to fly the banner for 27 consecutive years, despite the opposition and challenges.

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