Plod sends a great squad to
destroy the grass because of man's wickedness and because the
earth is corrupt. The Grass Spirit tells Baldy, a righteous
man in his generation, to build a large protest to save both
his extended family and a representative collection of the world's
animals. The Grass Spirit gives detailed instructions for the
Protest, and after its completion, sends all the animals along.
Plod then sends the great squad to cover all the mountains and
animals with cautions and fines. Then the "Grass Spirit remembers
Baldy," the squad fails to make a dent, the fines abate, and
hope reappears. Baldy, his extended family, and the animals
leave the Protest Park, and, in our dreams, Plod enters a covenant
to never again send a squad to destroy the grass.
Ganja Faeries are the light spirit
of the herb, the essential humour of indulging in it, the cheeky
and naughty side, if you like. They're the ones who tickle your
funnybone and make you laugh, and dance with you awhile along
your way, then appear again in your dreams. They share a collective
wisdom of living with cannabis. They help you to remember that
the herb is healing in many wonderful ways and that the drug laws
are very stupid. If you like, YOU can be a Ganja Faerie too. To
be a dancing Ganja Faerie tho' you need to come to rehearsals...
Ganja Faerie reheasals
at the Community Centre Market Stage 5:30pm each Friday until
The MardiGrass Organising Body (MOB) are on the
ball early this year with Lismore Council and Police insisting
on bringing us into the ‘new world order’.
After a few meetings in Lismore already we were
rescued by our angel Anna who is kindly volunteering to submit
a 5 year event development application (DA) to Council. The
infrastructure costs involved in putting this event on for the
community is ever increasing it seems and this year we need
everyone’s assistance. Anna will be approaching all businesses
later this month to discuss their needs that weekend and our
needs. Any business supporting MardiGrass will be recognised
during the event and in the programme which is handed out all
year in the village.
The focus over the next 5 years is for ‘free-flowing’
walkways to ease congestion on footpaths. ALL activities within
the village are required to be registered with MOB for the purpose
of the Council DA. Anyone trading on the street without approval
will be subjected to ‘move on’ orders from police.
There will be no street (footpath) trading apart from Sibley
St, Peace Park and specified venues.
The ‘blister’ area and the Museum laneway is clear
of any activity except acoustic music with a drumming circle
permitted. More venues advertised closer to the event.
There will be a Busking Competition with at least
a dozen busking venues so we don’t have dramas with the
police like last year, with the winners vying for the most coupons
received from visitors. There will be a blackboard at each venue
to chalk up your time to play. As soon as MOB gets approval
of these venues there will be notices in the next Goodtimes
editions and around the town informing residents and visitors
of the DA changes.
Restricted/no parking will be in place in the village
from 12 noon Friday April 30th to 11pm Sunday May 2nd. Below
are areas of concern:
* Sibley St will be closed to traffic from Cullen
St intersection to Thorburn St. Residents in Sibley are asked
to limit any vehicle traffic over that weekend from 12 noon
* The central section of the village will have no car parking
this year. Chill Central safety zone will have no cars from
the ‘blister’ outside the Museum to the garden before
the pedestrian crossing. On the eastern side there will be no
parking permitted from the Hotel all the way to Perceptios.
* There is also no parking on the southern side of Cecil Street
from the Showgrounds to the creek to allow pedestrian traffic
easy access to a new proposed pathway from 12 Cecil St to the
Town Hall parking area. This will have security and lighting
and ease the pedestrian traffic along the footpath around the
* No parking at the top of Cecil St at the Cullen St intersection
(Sunday only) on the southern side for 50 metres to allow for
the rally assembly.
* Thorburn Street from Silky Oak Drive will have a road closure
managed by the Backpackers to ensure clear access to and from
the campsites and their parking.
* The western council carpark is to be free of any camping –
all camping is to be directed to the Showgounds or Backpackers
camping sites. Roadside camping is not permitted.
Vehicle parking paddock areas are to be managed
by the Headers Sports Club this year with all profits going
to the Club. They need volunteers and paddocks close enough
to town. The MOB sincerely request anyone with suitable land
near the village for parking to contact us. All parking areas
will be slashed with provisions for toilets and waste amenities
and MOB promises them to be left cleaner than before the event!
The MOB wishes to extend a welcome and many thanks
for those who donate their time and finances during this event,
without you it could not happen. All volunteers should register
with the Hemp Embassy leaving a contact phone or email in the
shop. MOB meetings have sort of started and you will find key
organizers in the Hemp Bar from 4.20pm on Fridays.
Event tickets including a campsite are already
for sale for the weekend of May 1st and 2nd, 2010 ……….
Not so far away now.
SUSTAINABILTY MAKES THE CASE FOR HEMP.
The dawn of the new year brings with it the light of unity as
nations gather to address the issues of global warming, the
oil crisis, economic collapse, health, and world hunger with
a fevered urgency. While we are considering all the options,
the Cannabis hemp plant is one solution in the search for alternatives.
Hemp has ecological, industrial, and medicinal values.
Hemp is a uniquely productive source of fiber, oil, protein,
pulp for paper, and methanol fuel.
Hemp fiber became a major crop in the history of almost every
European country by 400 BC. The Greeks and Romans used hemp
rope and sails exclusively for their sailing vessels, importing
the fiber from Sicily. The early Americans cultivated Cannabis
hemp primarily for its fiber. Hemp-fiber production was most
important to the developing colonies for homespun cloth and
Hemp growing was encouraged by the British Parliament to meet
the needs for fiber to rig the British fleets. Hemp production
was so important that in 1762 Virginia imposed penalties for
those who refused to grow the plant. By the 1800s, Kentucky
proudly exceeded hemp production of all the states with 40,000
tons annually, second only to cotton. However, the Civil War
disrupted production and the industry never recovered.
By the early 1900s, with a labor shortage and lack of modern
machinery, the hemp industry slowly fell to the wayside. But
a resurgence of hemp-fiber products is slowly gaining momentum
with softer and colorful fabrics. The plant’s resilience
and vigor make hemp a wonderful candidate for methanol fuel;
compared to many of our ancient domesticated plants, hemp never
lost its colonizing tendencies or ability to survive without
human intervention. If abandoned, it will flourish in our vacant
fields and drainage ditches; unlike a tender crop such as corn,
hemp is more economically sound.
When the Chinese invented paper they used hemp fibers recycled
from old rags and fish netting.
Hemp paper had been well respected for its longevity and resistance
to tearing. The hemp paper was so durable that fragments have
been found in graves predating 100 BC.
Canada uses hemp in its paper currency and in all fine Bibles.
Many dwindling timber forests could be saved by using hemp instead.
While a tree may take 20 years before it is ready to harvest,
hemp is readily available.
For thousands of years Cannabis hemp has been used for medicine.
Emperor Shen-nung in 2000 BC prescribed root as a paste applied
to relieve the pain of broken bones and surgery. From there
new uses were developed, such as extracting precious oil from
seed with a technique still used today.
Pressed seeds yielded 20 percent more oil by weight than other
oils and were used for cooking, to fuel lamps, and for lubrication,
and the pulp was fed to their domesticated animals. Centuries
later the uses of hemp spread through expanding trade by the
Aryans. For India, hemp played an active role in its rituals.
After 4,000 yearsof oral traditions and spiritual teachings,
the four Vedas were finally recorded in 1400 BC listing hemp
as the spirit bhangas. Described as the “reliever of anxiety”
(Atharva Veda), it was noted as a gift from the gods. Hemp lowered
fevers, eased sleep, and relieved dysentery.
Not until the 20th century, when the tobacco industry wanted
to take hold of the minority population, did hemp take on a
different role. When racially provoked, misguided politicians
developed a strategy to introduce myths that hemp caused insanity,
lust, violence, crime, and that it was a poison that creates
the degradation of religion. Even the first commissioner of
the Federal Bureau of Narcotics Harry Anslinger stated in 1930,
before he set the ax to the hemp plant, that he had serious
doubts as to whether federal laws restricting it could be sustained
as constitutional. The FBN further stated that it believed that
the plant was not a problem because only the minorities used
Then came the campaign that used zealous scare tactics to portray
hemp’s nightmarish dangers to society. The anti-marijuana
campaign stirred up people’s aversion by focusing on the
taking of American jobs by migrants and minorities, and marijuana
hysteria took hold. In light of hindsight it is most imperative
that hemp be reinstated into action.
Virtually every part of the plant is used—root, leaves,
and flowers for medicine; stems for textiles, rope, and paper
pulp; and seeds for food andoil. Hemp will be a valuable and
less costly source than what’s now used for methanol fuel.
For medicinal applications, hemp has been used as a treatment
for nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, epilepsy, and as an analgesic
and tranquilizer. Topically, the cannabinoids contained in hemp
have analgesic and antibiotic properties and are used for sore
muscles, arthritic pain, burns, and many skin ailments. For
sound sustainability hemp deserves renewed attention because
it is ecologically sensible. Hemp is our greatest renewable
Support the restoration movement and buy a hemp product today.
Darcy Stoddard. www.hemp-eaze.com
Hemp-EaZe Healing At The ROOT of the Problem.
Hemp Root Therapy Cream with a 9 herb formula is made to relieve
muscles and aching bones, reduce swelling and ease pain. Hemp-EaZe
rejuvenates circulation, promotes cellular growth, and encourages
deep tissue healing. Our therapuetic cream is used for the treatment
of Arthritis, sprains, joint pain, as well as, breaking down
bruising, mending wounds, and relieving the discomfort of skin
Darcy Stoddard has assisted her local holistic health clinic
in the treatment of their neuropic patients with Hemp-EaZe.
The Therapists have been encouraged with the results achieved
when applying our cannabis root based cream. Hemp-EaZe also
rejuvenates circulation, promotes cellular growth, and encourages
deep tissue healing. Cannabis root extract has relieved pain
and swelling, working deep to help with Arthritis, joint pain
and stiffness and as remedy for skin problems and infections.
The local holistic health clinic has included the preparation
in their clinical study and is currently treating 24 patients
with excellent results. The healing properties of Hemp-EaZe
have provided a solution.