Nimbin in a spin over stoners

IF FILLING a clip-lock bag with exactly 28.3495 grams of dried plant matter for a chance to win gold wasn't excitement enough, MardiGrass is hoping to have ultimate stoners Cheech and Chong along as special guests.

Preparations for the 17th annual Nimbin MardiGrass have sent the small Northern Rivers town into a spin as its gears up for this weekend of festivities and an influx of tourists and guests.

And to top off the two days of cannabis law reform events and games, MardiGrass spokesman Michael Balderstone said organisers were expecting to welcome at least Chong, and possibly Cheech, in town.

“We've had a friend talking to them and they're really trying to come,” Mr Balderstone said.

“At least Tommy will come.”

American comics Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, who shot to marijuana fame in the 1970s with the cult classic Up in Smoke, are touring for the first time in 25 years and are currently in Australia.Last year, the festival attracted a crowd of around 15,000 people.

More than 30 bands are scheduled to perform over the weekend.

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