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September 26, 2022

Spring Planting Ceremony

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MardiGrass will be held, 16–18 September. The extensive program with a lot more information is all available on the website

Nimbin’s annual MardiGrass is usually a harvest festival but the crop was flooded this year so now it’s a Spring Planting Ceremony. 

There will be movies, a photo exhibition and Yarndi Yarns to share 30 years of memories, as well as all the usual favourite events in Plantem Park, Sativa Stadium and Indica Arena.

Major highlights include the Great Green Cabaret on Friday evening, the Kombi Konvoy, 420 protest and Hemp Olympix heats on Saturday and the finals and Big Protest Rally on Sunday. Pot Art and Pot Poetry is on again, as well as a new event, the MMMA; MardiGrass Marijuana Music Awards.

The Hemp Olympix now famous events (the Bong Throw and Yell, Growers Iron Person Event and the Joint Rolling competitions) will be monitored this year by Belgian officials after world records were broken last year but drug testing was not completed beforehand, in the appropriate way, so the records were not accepted.

The Hemposium is an extraordinary packed program of speakers on all things cannabis spread over four stages on both days, featuring an amazing collection of Aussie weed experts, doctors and gardeners, medicine makers and hemp farmers, lawyers and scientists, politicians and hippies. Michael Pettersson, the ACT Labor MP who was successful in getting laws changed to allow Canberrans to grow two plants for personal use, is a special guest. All balanced with hours of comedy and music in the evenings.

The two core issues we are protesting about are: first, to be allowed to grow our own medicine instead of having to buy it, expensively, from big corporations via a doctor. Second, to change drug driving laws to a sobriety/ impairment test so that medicinal cannabis users are not being unfairly penalised.

There is a concerted effort to help people get to and from MardiGrass without the risk of losing their licence. Drug free drivers are registering on Facebook at Mardigrass rideshare and on the website. 

MardiGrass will be held, 16–18 Septemer. The extensive program with a lot more information is all available on the website nimbinmardigrass.com.


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