French tourists Aoaeleen Auele, Loic Mas, and Romaim Page rolling herbal joints at the Nimbin Hemp Embassy in preparation for the world record smoking attempt at Nimbin’s MardiGrass.
French tourists Aoaeleen Auele, Loic Mas, and Romaim Page rolling herbal joints at the Nimbin Hemp Embassy in preparation for the world record smoking attempt at Nimbin’s MardiGrass. DAVID NIELSEN

Record attempt up in smoke

THE JOINTS were flying thick and fast at Nimbin this week as MardiGrass volunteers rolled their fingers to the bone in preparation for their world record smoking attempt this weekend.

Backpackers from the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and New Zealand were cranking out the herbal joints under the close tutelage of Nimbin Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone.

“We’re aiming to break the world record by lighting up the most joints at the one time – the current record stands at about 420,” he said.

The joints, made of a variety of legal herbs, will be also distributed to the expected masses by the Ganga Faeries throughout MardiGrass.

The mixes included labels like Dreamtime; Pot Luck and Cheap and Cheerful – containing everything from dried mugwort and catnip to calendula and passion flower.

Record crowds are expected as MardiGrass 2010 kicks off today.

The once ad lib protest has hit the mainstream with thousands rolling into towns across the Northern Rivers today with the intention of heading to the cannabis capital of Australia.

Meanwhile, Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Detective Inspector Greg Moore, warned festival-goers not to get carried away with themselves.

“Patrons are reminded that even though Nimbin is unique, police will not tolerate any illegal activity and offenders will be dealt with to the full extent of the law,” he said.

“Our intent this year is similar to other years, with the aim to provide police resources to allow for a safe, friendly festival for all participants, including visitors, local residents and police.

“Police allocated to attend will be targeting anti-social behaviour, alcohol and drug-related activity, traffic enforcement and public order management during the event. Alcohol-free areas will be enforced and festival-goers are warned no breaches will be tolerated.”

Det Insp Moore reminded punters that a large contingent of police and licensed security officers would be on duty in Nimbin throughout the weekend to ens- ure that events are ‘safe and enjoyable for all’.

“Police will be targeting areas in and around licensed premises. Patrons who fail to leave licensed premises upon direction of staff or police will be issued with a $550 infringement notice,” he said.

“Nimbin CBD is an alcohol-free zone, which includes Cecil, Cullen Thorburn and Sibley streets, and action will be taken against any persons consuming alcohol within that precinct.”

A program of MardiGrass events will be published in Saturday’s Northern Star.

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