Derryn Hinch will speak at a Hemposium at Mardigrass from 6pm next Saturday. (AAP Image/Andrew Jarvie Photography) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Derryn Hinch will speak at a Hemposium at Mardigrass from 6pm next Saturday. (AAP Image/Andrew Jarvie Photography) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY ANDREW JARVIE PHOTOGRAPHY

Derryn Hinch will throw a bong at Mardigrass

DERRYN Hinch won’t have a puff on a joint at Mardigrass, but he’s willing to throw a bong in the Hemp Olympix.

“Unlike Bill Clinton, I’ve not only never smoked pot, I’ve never inhaled it,” he said.

“I’m a rabid anti-smoker, so whether it’s tobacco or cannabis it’s not my thing.

“If somebody wants to offer me a joint I won’t be smoking it.

“I’d have a go at bong throwing, not bong smoking though.”

Hemp Party secretary Andrew Kavasilas invited the man known as the ‘human headline’ to participate in a Hemposium on Saturday at 6pm about 'How to achieve cannabis law reform through legislation (or not)' hosted by Lismore solicitor Steve Bolt.

The main reson, Mr Hinch said he wanted to go to Mardigrass was to learn about medicinal cannabis.

“I know it’s a big deal and I haven’t been to Nimbin in years...I was actually up there for a funeral about 20-years-ago,” he said.

“I’m told they get a huge crowd there so it’s going to be good.

“I was invited and I’m on a panel to discuss a lot of issues like legalising pot and the issue especially of medical cannabis.”

If he is sucessful in winning Ricky Muir’s Victorian senate seat, the leader of the Derryn Hinch Justice Party would lobby for cannabis law reform.

“I’d legalise cannabis,” he said.

“I think it’s silly watching grown police men and police women with guns on their hips arresting pot growers.

“The war on drugs hasn’t worked in this area...the government is talking about this $40 billion deficit; think of the money they can make by taxing cannabis.

“If the government is making so much money out of taxing cigarettes, why not make it out of cannabis.”

Having seen first hand the dramatic improvement in people who turn to medicinal cannabis, Mr Hinch said it should have been legalised years ago.

“I’ve interviewed for the Sunday Night program families whose children have been using cannabis oil and it works,” he said.

“It’s fantastic to watch the way it has helped the kids with various conditions like epilepsy.

“Victoria has actually legalised medicinal cannabis now and Victoria is probably doing more than NSW around the use of medicinal cannabis.

“From Europe and the United States we could take their information and their research and say its safe enough to do.

“I think you are going to see a big change in this country in the next five years in relation to cannabis.

“When I was based in New York in the 1960s and early 70s I was working for Fairfax and they asked the journo’s to write about what their predictions were for the next decade.

“My bold prediction was that by the end of the 70s marijuana would be legalised in Australia.

“So I was only 50 years out,” he laughed.

CONTROVERSIAL broadcaster Derryn Hinch will make a special guest appearance at the 24th Nimbin Mardigrass next weekend.

‘The Human Headline’, as he is known, has registered the Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, as he dips his toe into politics at the upcoming federal election.

On Saturday from 6pm at the Nimbin Town Hall Hemposium, Mr Hinch will be joined by other politicians including the Greens David Shoebridge and Andrew Kavasilas for a discussion on ‘How to achieve cannabis law reform through legislation (or not)’ hosted by Lismore solicitor Steve Bolt.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • What’s holding us back?
  • How do we really change the laws?
  • What do we hope to achieve?
  • Is the political process an effective way to achieve cannabis law reform?

Mr Hinch says he is confident of winning the Victorian Motoring Enthusiast Party senate seat currently held by Ricky Muir.

Mr Hinch was the host of 3AW’s Drive radio show until December 2012 and he is currently a National Public Affairs commentator for the Seven Network on Sunday Night, Today Tonight and Sunrise.

He has also been a police reporter, foreign correspondent, newspaper editor, television show host, actor, novelist and vintner.



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