Cannabis Law Reform Rally

Last Update: May 14, 2009 0:05 AM


All self recognised Knights Hemplar and Dharma Farmers are called on a Religious Crusade to Nimbin, home of the Church of the Holy Smoke, to all meet there on the First Weekend in May, in the Year Seventeen of our MardiGrass, to participate in all the Sacred Ceremonies of the Holy Smoke, and smoke the Pipes of Peace.

It is Forty Years since the Death of Hippie in San Francisco; followed by the Resurrection of his Spirit in a thousand smiling faces. That Smile spread through the Sandstone Nations in a Decade of Optimism. Since then the Fog of Mammon has spread. Still we perform the Ceremonies and remember the Martyrs imprisoned for their private observances.

Make your way past the gathering Orcs. Come to the Aquarian Shrine. Celebrate with Herb and Friends. Pay Homage to the Bountiful Seed. Debate, Discuss, Learn and Socialise. Compete in the Hemp Olympix or Nimbin Cannabis Cup. March in the Anti Prohibition Procession. Be peacefully free. Make your mark in the Book of MardiGrass.

Of course, we expect exhemplary behaviour from our pilgrims. Good heart to you all.


Friday Night News: Today word came that the property where a MardiGrass doof was to be held was raided. Gloomy news for some, as the doof has long been a safety valve for MardiGrass to absorb some of that Saturday night party energy. Later in the day reliable sources said this did not necessarily mean no doof and other options were being explored.

There has been no big publicity seeking raid by police, so far. No big Embassy or Museum raid preceded MardiGrass, but this evening buskers were told to get off the streets unless they had a licence. A sweep of the village was made to clear them.This was considered an odd move by locals. They are also patrolling car parks tonight and searching cars where they see lighters flicking on and off. Otherwise everything is going fantastically well, and the Town Hall is pumpin' tonight! Dachambo are giving a great performance.

Saturday Night News: Closing the independent doof increased our take at the Cannabis Concert for Law Reform. Dachambo had the non-payers breaking down the fence to get into the $20.00 performance. They were that good. Our security fears proved unfounded as MardiGrass unfolded, and the only threat was the police presence.

Sunday Night News: While there was no big publicity raid in the preceding month, rather from Friday on we saw raids on the volunteer camping area, searches of parked cars, and a general all out effort to issue as many cannabis cautions as possible, presumably to cite as "arrests" on Monday. The Polite Force Media Unit carried the big joint in the parade from the Police Station to Peace Park, where it sat amid a record crowd. Fyahwalk really got the crowd going.

Roadblocks are on both sides of town, but at midnight will turn into pumpkins for another year, and no-one will tell us what it costs. Enough to feed a lot of gay whales I'd say. Late night Sunday those who respond to the heavy-handedness are jumped upon and charged.

As far as we are concerned it was the best and biggest MardiGrass we've had since 1996, and we'd especially like to thank the NSW police for making us politically relevant again, and raising our numbers. That's what makes a good MardiGrass.

What would we do without prohibition and the excesses of law enforcement?

2009 HEMP Olympix Results


Full photo coverage of April 1st Polite Raid

Jest a minute of your alleged 'crime'..

The recreational use of cannabis indica is only one aspect of Hemp.

Industrially, hemp has uses that are very relevant to climate change and ecology. Hemp is a renewable and sustainable annual crop that can be used for fabric, as a mop crop to absorb effluent waste, to make paper without woodchip, and to make compressed fibre building products without woodchip, just to mention a few. NSW is about to allow industrial hemp crops for the production of hemp fibre.

Nutritionally, hemp oil and hempmeal flour have been shown to contain Omega-3's and Linoleic acid in ideal proportion. Unfortunately, unlike other countries party to the UN convention on drugs, Australia has not put a framework in place for hemp food products. See the ANZFA site for the current status of hemp food products. As a result some hemp food products are being sold in Australia as "animal food" and have an explanation of hemp food product status in their advertising.

Medically there are a range of conditions and treatment side-effects that cannabis can give relief to, but our conservative pollies want to throw the babies out with the bathwater rather than contemplate or tolerate the thought.

Legally, some states will now convict you of "Driving with the presence of an illicit drug" if you are found to have cannabis metabolites in your system. There is no issue of "impairment". It does not matter if your driving is unaffected.

Spiritually, hemp is in legal limbo.

Politically we are back in the position of the Nineteen Thirties, facing a barrage of false and misleading information and media type-casting. It is a back foot position in a world whose politicians are increasingly obsessed by control issues.

Ironically prohibition creates more harms than benefits. We do not believe their disinformation. We would even call for the re-introduction of open government.

Seriously, join us once again for the anti-prohibition tango in May, where we harmlessly and non-violently stand up for what we do believe, and while we are at it, have a lot of light hearted fun.

The Australian hemp industry.
The last year has seen one of the most important steps forward in the NSW hemp industry with the introduction of commercial hemp licenses. This means that NSW farmers can now grow and sell hemp fibre and seed if they successfully apply for a commercial hemp license from NSW Department of Primary Industries. Previously, it was only possible to obtain a license for the purposes of scientific research through NSW Health. NSW is the fifth Australian state to allow commercial hemp production under license or permit, with hemp already being grown in Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. Based on the experience of other countries, it is likely that an increasing range of Australian made hemp products will soon be available including building products, plastics, paper and hemp seed products.

The NSW hemp industry is still in its infancy, with only three fully licensed growers registered with NSW Department of Primary Industries. Interestingly, all licensees are based in the Northern Rivers, which means that the Rainbow Region is set to become a major centre for hemp production. This is not surprising, as this area has been always strongly supported the establishment of the hemp industry.

Despite the positive progression of the Australian hemp industry, we are well behind the eight-ball compared with most other countries. Many “developing” countries did not stop producing hemp during the prohibition era, and many “developed” countries such as Canada, England and France have established and profitable hemp industries. Of concern, Australia and New Zealand are the only two countries that do not allow hemp seed food – which is amongst the most nutritional and sustainable of all available food products. A lot has been achieved, however a lot of work remains to untangle the web of cannabis prohibition

Some hemp facts
• Hemp and marijuana are the same species of plant i.e. Cannabis sativa.
• Hemp refers to low-THC strains (<1%), and marijuana refers to high-THC strains (5-40%)
• Hemp is one of the first plants cultivated by humans, and has been used for fibre, food and pharmaceuticals for millennia.
• Fibre is produced from the stem, food is produced from the seed, and pharmacologically active cannabinoids are produced from the foliage.
• Cannabis prohibition began in 1937 in the United States, and all other “developed” countries soon followed suit.
• Until recently, Cannabis prohibition laws did not differentiate between hemp and marijuana.

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Bicycle Day

Since 1984, some people have observed Bicycle Day on April 19th. This is the anniversary of the day that Albert Hofmann intentionally took LSD in 1943. On the 16th Hofmann accidentally absorbed a bit of LSD, but the 19th was the first intentional experience, when he took what he then considered a minimum effective dose, 250 mics. In LSD, My Problem Child he records that day:
By now it was already clear to me that LSD had been the cause of the remarkable experience of the previous Friday, for the altered perceptions were of the same type as before, only much more intense. I had to struggle to speak intelligibly. I asked my laboratory assistant, who was informed of the self-experiment, to escort me home. We went by bicycle, no automobile being available because of wartime restrictions on their use. On the way home, my condition began to assume threatening forms. Everything in my field of vision wavered and was distorted as if seen in a curved mirror. I also had the sensation of being unable to move from the spot. Nevertheless, my assistant later told me we had traveled very rapidly.
In this dark hour of ignorance and superstition about psychedelics, you can light a candle of hope and reason. To commemorate the bicycle ride that changed the world forever, let's celebrate Bicycle Day with bicycle trips, sending cards with bicycle pictures on them to friends, joyful picnics, and other festive activities.
Remember Bicycle Day and Keep it Holy

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