There was dancing in the main street of Nimbin during the drug reform rally at MardiGrass yesterday.
There was dancing in the main street of Nimbin during the drug reform rally at MardiGrass yesterday. David Nielsen

Police nab 150 in Nimbin drug raid

MORE than 150 drug seizures by police at the weekend’s 17th annual MardiGrass event proved many visitors once again tried leaving Nimbin with a bit extra in their bags.

The Rainbow Region’s annual coming out parade attracted a staggering amount of tourists and locals alike, but police again had their work cut out for them.

Sniffer dogs based at a ‘drug bus’ outside Goolmangar Hall on the road to Nimbin helped pro  ceedings, while in town four mounted police covered the event itself.

Duty officer, Inspector Nicole Bruce, said the number of drug busts seemed to be down from last year but there was still the same number of incidents.

“The crowds were generally good,” Inspector Bruce said.

“And we’re pleased with the way the events transpired.”

Visitors said the crowds produced a relaxed and safe atmosphere with young, old and families coming as supporters of cannabis law reform.

Although some visitors were at the rally specifically to obtain marijuana, the majority of the crowd revelled in the laidback atmosphere and joined enthusiasts of the reform movement.

Kylie Frew, of Nimbin, has attended the event before and continues to go because of the good atmosphere and the positive message the rally sends.

“If Government looked at the possibility of legalising marijuana the crime would ultimately be less,” she said.

Long-time attendee of MardiGrass, Kalvin Pollock of Brisbane, compared the gathering to an ‘Aussie Woodstock’.

“Where else can you see all of this for free in a safe, relaxed and calm environment,” Mr Pollock said.
Another Brisbane resident, Pamela Brown, said she came every year.

“It’s a very casual atmosphere, very laidback and family oriented, that’s why I bring my daughter,” she said.

From roadside attractions of Pot Poetry and the Kombi Konvoy to the Hemp Olympix, including the bong throwing, Nimbin MardiGrass had everyone experiencing new things, but not necess-arily those of the weed kind.

Graham Askey, of Lismore, who is part of the Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party was quietly sitting by the Hemp Bar entrance with registration forms for those who wanted to join the reform party.

“We’ve had 60 and 70-year-olds becoming members,” Mr Askey said. “Prohibiting marijuana is costing the tax payers millions.”

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