Dozens of people were detected with illicit drugs during a three-day event at Nimbin last weekend.
In a year that saw hemp foods finally decriminalised and some small progress on medical marijuana, the weekend’s Nimbin MardiGrass renewed its struggle for complete legalisation.
The Nimbin Aquarius Festival of 1973 marked a watershed in Australian popular history. It was a heady time that would have far-reaching affects both locally and nationally.
Twenty years after a Byron Shire artist, the late Geoffrey Williams, designed packaging for potentially legalised cannabis, organisers of Nimbin's MardiGrass are again seeing hopeful signs.
After 26 years of running the annual Nimbin MardiGrass this year they are celebrating the fact that cannabis is finally being recognised as a medicine.
Al Basch, a long-standing local, will be channeling the former Beatle in this year’s inaugural Aquarius Legends competition, which will feature tribute artists celebrating counterculture icons who provided the soundtrack of the changing times.
Nimbin. Friday, 6.50pm:The last rivulets of sun have drained from the street and are replaced by a tide of colours as the street lights and the MardiGrass people turn on. Smiles flash from the swirling crowd, and the fashions are more neon than the shop signs.
There was smoke in the air at MardiGrass but not the sort I was expecting. My first experience of Nimbin was when I arrived there in 1973 as a teenager for the now famous Aquarius Festival. A haze of music and dope smoke wafted over the hills for a week. Click for photos.
S Sorrensen Nimbin. Sunday, 9.40am A young woman, wearing a hemp skirt, lace-up vest, bare feet and a sulphur-crested cockatoo, drifts towards me from out of the cafe. She sits at a table next to mine on the footpath of... Read More →
These are the end days of this civilisation. The signs are here: packs of police wander the streets looking for drug dealing; mobile ATMs facilitate drug dealing; and a zombie beat pulses, like the ticking of a bomb, from a shop doorway.
The 21st annual MardiGrass and drug law reform rally at the weekend was as usual a most colourful affair with a loud message to legalise cannabis, especially medicinal use of it. Documentary Sharon Shostak