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Australia: Ganja gurus aim high at Hemp Olympics01:09

Australia: Ganja gurus aim high at Hemp Olympics

Australia, Nimbin
May 4, 2014 at 22:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Australia: Ganja gurus aim high at Hemp Olympics

The annual Hemp Olympics took place as part of Nimbin's 'MardiGrass' festival on Sunday. The famous cannabis reform rally once again drew thousands of people to the small Australian town in New South Wales.

MardiGrass started as a peaceful protest in March 1993 as a response to a decade of raids and arrests of cannabis users in Nimbin. Since then it has grown significantly and now attracts around 20,000 visitors every year, with the 'Hemp Olympics' being a special highlight for many.

It boasts a number of activities where cannabis enthusiasts can compete with one another, including Joint Rolling, Bong Throw and Yell, as well as Ironperson. The latter involves a person lugging weed fertilizer through a leech infested obstacle course.

Growing, supply, and possession of cannabis are illegal in the state of NSW. If found with under 15 grams of cannabis, individuals without previous convictions and who have admitted ownership of the drug may be given a caution at police discretion.

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Australia: Ganja gurus aim high at Hemp Olympics

The annual Hemp Olympics took place as part of Nimbin's 'MardiGrass' festival on Sunday. The famous cannabis reform rally once again drew thousands of people to the small Australian town in New South Wales.

MardiGrass started as a peaceful protest in March 1993 as a response to a decade of raids and arrests of cannabis users in Nimbin. Since then it has grown significantly and now attracts around 20,000 visitors every year, with the 'Hemp Olympics' being a special highlight for many.

It boasts a number of activities where cannabis enthusiasts can compete with one another, including Joint Rolling, Bong Throw and Yell, as well as Ironperson. The latter involves a person lugging weed fertilizer through a leech infested obstacle course.

Growing, supply, and possession of cannabis are illegal in the state of NSW. If found with under 15 grams of cannabis, individuals without previous convictions and who have admitted ownership of the drug may be given a caution at police discretion.