This will be our 24th
Celebrate a May J!
WHY SHOULD I BUY THE GOLDEN BUD PASS?
Because MardiGrass can’t happen or continue if you don’t.
Because it gives you free access to all events in Peace Park
(The Home of the Hemp Olympix), the Town Hall and the Bush Theatre.
Because some events like the Comedy Cabaret and Joint Rolling
will fill the Town Hall which has limited capacity and Golden
Bud Passes get priority entry.
Because you are supporting cannabis law reform which is what
MardiGrass is all about.
Because the Council and Police have given us so many rules and
regulations to comply with, the whole event is in danger of
folding if you don’t.
Because you can’t get entry into the Hemp Bar, Mullaways
Magic Medicine Tent or other venues without the Golden Bud wristband.
Because the showground camping team are all volunteer legends
who will look after you with genuine old style Aussie country
hospitality and you’ll have a terrific weekend.
Because you’ll feel really good about yourself contributing
to a worthwhile cause.
Because in years to come you can tell your grandchildren you
were in the war on drugs
Weekend Passes and Camping
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the perfect time to harvest.
Sponsorship or support as advertising space is available in
the MardiGrass 2016 print program. 40,000 copies will be printed
for the protest weekend and then they will be available all
year from the Nimbin HEMP Embassy.
You can place your advertisement for $300 at 82mm wide, 55
mm high in CMYK at 300dpi as a PDF, Tiff or jpg. Larger sizes
are available at the same width or as a 257mm X 50mm banner.
Contact us for your requirements: email@example.com
The deadline for print is Sunday 3rd April.
Ads will be automatically included on the MardiGrass website
program as soon as we receive them.
You can find previous editions of the 16 page MardiGrass print
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 Faeries Rehearsals begin on 25 March 2016, 5.30
– 6.30pm at the Nimbin Dance Studio in the Community Centre.
Facebook "Nimbin Ganja Faeries".
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.
A 2016 MardiGrass WEEKEND PASS with CAMPING Online
You may have heard that NSW police are now conducting random
roadside saliva tests targetting users of cannabis, amphetamines
and MDMA. If you need to drive, please take note of the information
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Roadside Saliva Drug Testing Advice
Roadside Saliva Testing: Defence of “honest
and reasonable mistake of fact”
It is an offence to drive with THC present in
your saliva. Police can stop a driver for no particular reason
and require them to provide a saliva sample. If there is any
amount of THC found in the sample, the charge is made out. The
police do not have to prove that you were impaired to any degree
in your ability to drive. And the police do not have to prove
that you intentionally drove with THC in your system.
But it is a defence to the charge if you honestly
believed that you did not have THC in your saliva at the time
you drove and that there was reasonable basis for you to hold
that belief. That is, the court must accept that you genuinely
believed what you say you believed. The court must also decide
that an ordinary person would consider it reasonable to believe
that there would be no THC present.
The NSW Government Centre for Road Safety website
(www.roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au) states that the period
of time that drugs could be detected “depends on the amount
taken, frequency of use of the drug, and other factors that
vary between individuals”. The website goes on to say
that the saliva test would “typically” detect THC
for “up to 12 hours after use”.
A defence of honest and reasonable mistake of
fact might succeed where the driver satisfied the court:
they believed that the period of detection
was up to 12 hours;
they obtained that information from the Centre
for Road Safety website or a similar official source;
they believed that they were a “typical”
cannabis user, so that the advice applied to them, and they
acted on that advice
- it was significantly longer than 12 hours (for example 18
hours or more) between the cannabis use and the driving, so
that they allowed a margin for error
Once the defence of honest and reasonable mistake
of fact is raised, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable
doubt that the driver did not honestly have such a belief or
that the belief was not reasonably held. Obviously, the court
would decide on those issues in the particular circumstances
of the evidence in each case.
Mardigrass and the Police
The Police understand that we are engaged in peaceable
and law abiding protest and many of them secretly agree with
our cause. But they are coppers. They can’t talk for themselves
while they are at work. If they see cannabis they will confiscate
it and issue you with a caution notice or a summons to appear.
They will bust you if they see you bonging on. So don’t
be an idiot! We gather together to protest the laws not get
The police may try to make it difficult for you
to get to MardiGrass. This is a deliberate tactic they have
used for a number of years. In the past they have set up roadblocks
south of Nimbin at Goolmangar and north near the village and
on the Uki road (they may be on any of the approach roads in
the days immediately before and after the festival).
In the past the Police have even told people the
event had been cancelled, or have warned them that the town
is full of ‘undesirable’ elements. Of course all
of this is bunkum: the Nimbin MardiGrass is a peaceful family
friendly festival that is renowned the world around for being
just that. But the Police do have a job to do – in this
case their job is to try and persuade you to turn around and
abandon your sinful pursuit of your democratic right to protest.
(Just say “yes sir” and drive on.)
The Police may breathalyse you for alcohol or
swab you for cannabis. If you haven’t had a smoke that
day you should be alright (so wait till you get to Nimbin).
If you must bring cannabis to Nimbin (sorta like coals to Newcastle)
then come a few days early. If you must carry it in a car then
put it on the floor under a mat or a seat and don't ever say
“that’s mine” if it happens to get found.
Check www.nimbinmardigrass.com for current road
conditions and information. We hope to have the Polite drones
operating with the latest on the roads. There are several different
routes into Nimbin available. The scenery and country is beautiful.
The town is welcoming. The event is unforgettable. And if the
issue is your issue don’t be put off no matter what.
Most of the police officers who come to Nimbin
for Mardi Grass treat it as the spectacle it is and merely observe
the proceedings because there are seldom any disturbances and
they are not needed to keep the peace. Increasingly many police
realise this counter-productive legislation has by all accounts,
reached its “use by date”.
Presently some Nimbin community members are locked
in a court battle to stop the roadblocks and raids on Nimbin
each year but they do not expect that the action will be decided
by MardiGras. In the meantime if you are thinking about bringing
illegal drugs with you, be careful of roadblocks. They have
three favourite spots - at Goolmangar, on the Nimbin Lismore
Road to the south; Blue Knob Road near the cemetery on the road
north; east from Nimbin near the corner of Tuntable Creek Road
and the road to Mount Nardi. But they could be anywhere!
In New South Wales, when searching people or vehicles
police have the authority to ask for your name and address,
(but not your mobile or other telephone) and you have the right
to ask them for their name, badge, (or, if they are not in uniform,
their identification), the station from which they work and
the reason for the search.
While police have the right to search your vehicle
and all the people in it for drugs, sometimes using a dog to
assist, they do not usually have the right to “strip search”
you. Generally, if police try to engage you in conversation
or to question you, unless you have a good knowledge of the
way the laws operate, you should say as little as you have to.
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