Police check Nimbin traffic

By RACHEL SCOLLAY

ALL 53 drivers of vehicles in the Kombi Konvoy heading to Nimbin were pulled over at Goolmangar and breathalysed, according to organisers of the 13th annual Mardi Grass.

However, Michael Balderstone from the Hemp Embassy, was upbeat about the weekend, which saw less than 10 arrests and no major incidents.

"How would a rum festival go with that many people," he said. "The police had road blocks and breathalysers and busted a few people. But generally we've all worked together really well and kept it a safe event."

Police seized cannabis, LSD, ecstasy and hash resin resulting in 'several' arrests for supply.

Superintendent Bruce Lyons said police were able to keep good order despite 'trying circumstances' at times.

"Some sections of the community were of the belief that police would be turning a blind eye to drug activities," he said. "But that was not the case."

Police said crowd numbers were down on last year's Mardi Grass, with estimates of 10,000 people on Saturday night and 5000 yesterday to watch the rally.

Ganja faerie Inez Price said instead of standing there 'with their mouths open', visitors should join in the rally.

"It's like you've got wings on your feet because you are just so exhilarated. And everybody is smiling and clapping and you are with all your friends. It's a tribal thing."



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