Mardi Grass Festival to push hemp legalisation ahead of election

With the Federal election just two weeks away, the hot topic of legalising marijuana will be pushed to the fore this weekend.

The town of Nimbin, south-west of the Tweed, will host their annual Mardi Grass Festival – celebrating all things hemp.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the weekend will include a rally on “cannabis law reform”.


Members of the HEMP (Help End Marijuana Prohibition) party will be handing out ‘how to vote cards’, urging everyone to “look for the leaf , VOTE 1 HEMP on the Senate Ballot Paper”.

The weekend will also include a “Hemposium Conference” including guest speakers from across the globe, as well as Australian politicians.

According to the Mardi Grass website, Greens member David Shoebridge will educate the audience about their rights with police.

While the leader of the Reason Party, Fiona Patten will detail her plans for legalisation in Victoria.

Organisers are also arranging ‘drug-free’ ride-share drivers in a bid to improve safety around the three-day event, as Police confirm they’ll be conducting “a high-visibility operation in and around the Nimbin township”.

Richmond Police District Commander, Superintendent Toby Lindsay, said the police presence will be ongoing throughout the event to ensure festivalgoers have a good time while keeping safe.

“Police will be targeting illegal drug use and supply, underage drinking, alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour,” Superintendent Lindsay said.

“Illicit drugs can have life-threatening effects, especially when a combination of drugs is taken, or they are combined with alcohol.

“We will take appropriate action against anyone who chooses to commit a crime, or behave in an offensive manner.”

Police are expecting large crowds to converge in the area over the weekend, given attendance numbers in previous years.