Jack Murphy the barista at the Hemp Bar in Nimbin is confident that a smoking ban in the cafe will be an improvement.
Jack Murphy the barista at the Hemp Bar in Nimbin is confident that a smoking ban in the cafe will be an improvement. Cathy Adams

Nimbin Hemp Bar bans smoking

IT MAY be 11 years since the first anti-smoking legislation came in, but Nimbin tends to run its own race, at its own pace.

Last month the curtains finally came down on probably the last smoking cafe in Australia, as the local police sergeant paid a quiet visit to the Nimbin Hemp Bar.

Hemp Bar barista (and non-smoker) Jack Murphy was philosophical, saying that while the Hemp Bar was previously based on the Amsterdam model, he was happy to shift focus to his "amazing" hemp seed foods.

"It's okay, we're still breaking the law - after all we are a law-reform organisation and Australia is one of only three countries in the world where hemp seeds are illegal," he said.

Those now wanting a coffee and a smoke are relegated to the street.

Regular patron and non-smoker Roslyn Parry believes it's a case of regulation gone mad.

"Things have become so over-governed and so restricted I just think it's ludicrous," she said.

"It was nice to be able to come and have a social smoke and a coffee with friends and not be obliged to sit in the street - we will end up surrendering every last vestige of our liberty."



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