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Old 11-16-2011, 10:50 PM
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Default POTUS Downunder Protest. Obama Versus the Australian cannabis movement.

Yesterday the president of the President of the United States flew into Canberra, Australia. I was one of many dedicated cannabis activists who were there protesting outside Parliament House.



Giant joint, police presence await Obama

15:19 AEST Wed Nov 16 2011

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A small group of protesters from Nimbin and Canberra have three words to say to Barack Obama when he arrives at Parliament House - yes, we cannabis.

US President Barack Obama touched down in Canberra about 3.10pm (AEDT), ahead of a 28-hour visit focused on economic and defence ties with Australia.

President Obama will be taken to Parliament House for a ceremonial welcome, talks with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and a parliamentary dinner.

A bolstered federal police presence was visible on Wednesday in front of the main entrance to Parliament House, as was a giant inflatable marijuana cigarette, emblazoned with the words "Let It Grow."

The giant joint had been brought along by members of the Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party, an Australian political party which advocates the legalisation of cannabis.

Based in Nimbin, the centre of Australia's cannabis culture in northern New South Wales, the party was formally registered in September 2010.

The party's Mark Heinrich, from Canberra, and Max Stone, from Nimbin, said they wanted to advise Mr Obama of the medical benefits of cannabis, which they believe can be used to treat skin cancer.

"In 10 days, a topical application of a pure cannabis extract can kill skin cancer," Mr Heinrich told AAP.

Asked what relevance their message had to the US president's visit, Mr Heinrich said America had been a driving force behind the prohibition of the drug.

"The Americans are the only ones who can dismantle the sorry mess of prohibition," he said.

At lunchtime on Wednesday Mr Heinrich and Mr Stone, along with about a dozen other protesters, were casually sitting behind a roped-off area about 150 metres from the front entrance to Parliament House.

They planned on hoisting the giant joint above their heads when President Obama arrived, while chanting "Yes, we cannabis".

American nationals Brad Schmitz and his wife Helena were keen to protest against the killing of wolves in the US states of Alaska, Wyoming and Idaho.

Originally from Colorado, they have been living in Canberra for the past 15 months.

"I only have a poster," Helena told AAP.

"It might surprise him (President Obama) to see a poster like that here in Australia."

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Here is a pic of me holding our banner. I am on the right
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Here are a few more pics from the protest in Canberra.













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Joint leaves Barnaby red-faced

BY BIANCA HALL
17 Nov, 2011 12:01 AM




Two solemn-looking protesters from Nimbin wrestled to keep a giant inflatable joint horizontal on the lawn in front of Parliament House, while from nearby seats their compadres cheerfully argued about bombing in Gaza and public liability insurance.

‘‘Anyone want to start another war, man?’’ one boldly ventured.

Behind them, a hand-painted portrait of President Barack Obama – ‘‘Yes, We Can-nabis!’’ – flapped in the breeze.

‘‘We’d like Obama to talk to Julia Gillard and say why he thinks medicinal cannabis is entirely appropriate – they’re his words, yeah, from 2004, I think,’’ Nimbin Hemp Embassy spokesman Michael Balderstone said.

He looked up at the inflatable joint. ‘‘We used to have a bamboo one, but this is great. We brought it down in the boot of the car – two minutes on the leafblower and it’s done.’’ Pressed, he agreed it was a fitting analogy.

Further along the lawn, a lone Congolese protester struggled with his sign denouncing the wrongs caused by the creation of nations and states, and two women earnestly held a hand-painted sign denouncing the killing of wolves in the United States.

It was a motley bunch of protesters who turned out to greet the President, but as his approach neared, Secret Service agents, sightseers and public servants outnumbered the disaffected.

On the freshly mown lawns, lit up by the lights of dozens of television cameras and portable studios, a festive atmosphere grew.

A school group pressed against the tape keeping the masses from spilling out into the no-man’s land that separated formality from the folk.

Their teacher glared at the inflatable Nimbin joint. ‘‘Oh, yeah right, that’s all we need,’’ he scoffed.

Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce wandered up to the tape, nodding, smiling and making small talk, on his way to the action. ‘‘Barnaby, come talk to us!’’ shouted the hippies. He saw them, noticed cameras poised nearby, saw what was coming and stormed away red-faced.

Then, the motorcade arrived. From so far away it was impossible to see more than an ant-sized version of the President’s loping form, but that didn’t deter the crowd, which cheered him as if he were rock royalty. After a 21-gun salute and an anthem that no-one outside could hear, it was over and the Nimbin crew began to pack up their joint.

Source: Joint leaves Barnaby red-faced - Local News - News - General - The Canberra Times

Seriously, Barnaby Joyce red faced. When is he not red faced, Instead of getting in a huff and storming off in a temper tantrum, Barnaby should have taken a chill pill and sat with the hippies over a nice joint! He came down for a photo op and some damn hippie stole his thunder. All I have to say to Barnaby is "Cowardly cowardly custard, Barnaby can't take the mustard. Too hot an issue Barnaby - Drug Law Reform IS YOUR ISSUE!!!!!!!

Yesterday was a sad day for Australia in so many ways. If the voice of protest in Australia against an American President comprises a wolf advocate, a bunch of hippies, and a lone Ghanian, it says little for the spirit of protest in our fair land. Where are the angry youth of the Nation, calling for an end to war? Where are the angry youth of the Nation calling for an end to financial crises? Where are the angry youth of the Nation who want better wages, better education, better transport. Shame on the youth of Australia!
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you guys are awesome moose

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'He looked up at the inflatable joint..."two minutes on the leafblower and it’s done." Pressed, he agreed it was a fitting analogy.'

lol funny journo.

Good job Moose, glad one of us has the balls.

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Old 11-17-2011, 12:33 AM
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Cheers for the invo
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Yeah you guys rock!
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Good work Moosey!! The Yanks are here to protect us from the Chinese with 30,000 marines....but who remembers what the Chinese did to a couple of hundred thousand American troops when they crossed the border into Korea in 50s? Not a shot was fired in anger, because the American boys fled en mass!!
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Barnaby needs a good joint of Zoid up him. Simply awesome work Moosey , on behalf of myself and my fellow weedsmiths thanks for repping us in style mate. Mickey Balderstone looks well fed and happy in the pic . Gotta love an inflatable scoob compared to one full of chaff visa vis carrying the bugger.
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:38 AM
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Hahahaha Bushy , we might upset the yanks if we start venting about Darwin. I'm trying to behave myself
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