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Australia's Mardi Grass: 10,000 hippies, police and marijuana
    #551753 - 04/29/11 06:34 AM (5 years, 7 months ago)

By Matt Khoury

CNNGO

Friday 29 Apr 2011
The 19th annual marijuana festival pits Australia's smokers against NSW Police for a weekend of fun, games and a certain smokable plant

More than 10,000 marijuana activists and hippies are due to descend on the mountain village of Nimbin, about 780 kilometers north of Sydney, for the 19th annual Mardi Grass Festival this weekend.

Ever since revelers stayed put after the 1973 Aquarius Festival, an event sometimes described as Australia's Woodstock, the tropical region has been the dope growers' capital of Australia.

It's home to characters like the long-bearded, alien-spotting "Rusty" Harris –- who attracted musicians and flea markets during his 20-something court appearances while successfully appealing a marijuana possession charge.

The green activism rolls on. Sunday's parade will see a cavalcade of Kombi vans, an inflatable joint and a barrage of outdoor music.

Michael Balderstone, president of the Nimbin Hemp Embassy and spokesperson for the Mardi Grass, said the event was a "cannabis cultural gathering."

But it's not all love and peace in the town. Although a history of tolerance by local police officers saw the community create a Christiania-like anarchical village, marijuana is still illegal in New South Wales.

"Community police relations have broken down quite a bit over the last few years," Balderstone said.
Police and drug dogs

Mardi Grass

Police make an arrest during last year's Mardi Grass Festival.
In 2006, the New South Wales riot squad policed Mardi Grass –- accompanied by sniffer dogs –- and arrested scores of festival goers.

For all the fun and games of the Growers' iron man event, joint rolling competition and bong throw, organizers are concerned about the police presence. Villagers have even scattered marijuana leaves around Nimbin to lead any sniffer dog ambush astray.

Local area commander, Superintendent Matt Kehoe, said sniffer dogs would not be attending this year's event. "It's a hard area for dogs to operate in," he said.

Around 100 local police are expected to be on duty at Mardi Grass over the course of the weekend. But Kehoe said, "The community supports the festival -- our aim is to ensure a peaceful festival and target anti-social behavior."

Land of ganja

Balderstone said that festival highlights will include The Cookie Queen giving cooking lessons, hash-making workshops and an attempt to break their own world record (not recognized by Guinness) of the most joints lit at once.

In this green land of ganja, the most anticipated event is the "Cannabis Cup": A secret meeting of growers where the region's best marijuana is judged.

"The undercover cops are always trying to find out where the Cup is," Balderstone said. "But they've never cracked the Cup."

Mardi Grass

Nimbin Mardi Grass 2011, April 30 and May 1, Nimbin, www.nimbinmardigrass.com/2011/

http://www.cnngo.com/sydney/visit/puff-puff-mardi-grass-festival-070203#ixzz1KtfHCFz0


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Re: Australia's Mardi Grass: 10,000 hippies, police and marijuana [Re: Shaggy420]
    #551754 - 04/29/11 07:26 AM (5 years, 7 months ago)

Me and some mates were going to go down this year but we decided it was too risky :nonono:


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Re: Australia's Mardi Grass: 10,000 hippies, police and marijuana [Re: T-Rex]
    #551785 - 04/29/11 11:00 AM (5 years, 7 months ago)

:vaped:sounds like its going to be a pretty stoney day there.


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Re: Australia's Mardi Grass: 10,000 hippies, police and marijuana [Re: Shaggy420]
    #551789 - 04/29/11 11:20 AM (5 years, 7 months ago)

Its always stoney there :lol:


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Re: Australia's Mardi Grass: 10,000 hippies, police and marijuana [Re: T-Rex]
    #551841 - 04/29/11 02:51 PM (5 years, 7 months ago)

definatley a city i need to visit :awehigh:


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Re: Australia's Mardi Grass: 10,000 hippies, police and marijuana [Re: Shaggy420]
    #551949 - 04/30/11 12:36 AM (5 years, 7 months ago)

SO... how do we get some of the PRIMO Aussie tree?! and by we.. I mean.. my pet snufflepuss:cool:


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Re: Australia's Mardi Grass: 10,000 hippies, police and marijuana [Re: StickyIcky]
    #551952 - 04/30/11 12:40 AM (5 years, 7 months ago)

For the best Australian Weed you have to know the right people, helps being in the right country too :bongload::lol:


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Re: Australia's Mardi Grass: 10,000 hippies, police and marijuana [Re: T-Rex]
    #552003 - 04/30/11 10:47 AM (5 years, 7 months ago)

For the cheapest weed come to south oz :gethigh:


I really wanna go to a mardigrass.. one day, Its a big drive though:thumbdown:


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Re: Australia's Mardi Grass: 10,000 hippies, police and marijuana [Re: lucas_southoz]
    #552530 - 05/02/11 03:01 AM (5 years, 6 months ago)

Yup south oz bud is dirt cheap and always good smoke if you know the right people :wink:


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