Why are we (still) doing this?
The H*E*M*P* in H*E*M*P* Bar stands for Help End Marijuana Prohibition and the H*E*M*P* BAR is not now, nor has it ever been, a business in any real sense of the word. Since the beginning, the H*E*M*P* Bar has been a place where people who are truly interested in cannabis law reform could network and combine some of their favourite things, things like drinking coffee, smoking cannabis and talking about ways to Help End Marijuana Prohibition.
The H.E.M.P. Bar came about because of a need to find a new way to deal with Marijuana laws. Marijuana is already by far the most popular intoxicant in Nimbin, as it is all over the civilised world, (except for USA, no civilisation there!!!) It's everywhere, just walk down Cullen st and you'll be asked, "Wanna buy some buds, cookies, chocolate" . Just like so many train stations in the city where you get asked "Are you chasin' ? (heroin) " and the rip-offs are rife !!! There just had to be a civilised way for people to buy thier herbs!!!
The Staff at the H*E*M*P*Bar are activists at the "pointy end" of cannabis law reform and we see the H*E*M*P*Bar as being an example of how things could be done, it also shows Mr and Mrs Public the reality of marijuana use, that it is a safe, social lubricant, much less disruptive than alcohol.
We've been open since December 1999 and "in reality" we have received heaps of support and positive feed back from more than 1,000,000 visitors from all walks of life, we have sent millions and millions of images up to the web of real people using real cannabis, and so far not a single axe murder or other civil disturbance!
In 'real life', our Guest Books are bulging with the testimony of the effectiveness of our cannabis cafe model / cannabis law reform activist kiosk, over 6 years worth of cannabis users thoughts and experiences are recorded, and who can tell how many photos have been taken of us whilst we have been taking photographs of them with our web cameras, we have gigabytes of images saved on our hard drives. More than a DVD's worth!
On our live webcams you will see people laughing, smiling and acting in a socially acceptable manner while under the influence of this social intoxicant. What you WONT see is the insanity, criminality and death alleged by the "Reefer Madness" movie nor will you see the violent behavior as incited by alcohol and other chemicals/drugs.
We make a point of letting our patrons know that they are welcome to smoke cannabis in front of our web cams as their political statement that they believe cannabis use is socially acceptable. A webcam that has been webcasting since 4:20 PM on the 4th month 20th day of the year 2000. Since that time, we have been playing our part in the "peace wave" that sweeps "mexican wave style" around earth "all day - every day" as citizens from all cultures on earth light up at 4:20. Yep, that's what 420 is really all about, joining a global celebration that is sending a smoke signal... "Pot for Peace and Peace for Pot"........
What we are doing is still HIGHLY ILLEGAL, not wrong or evil, just illegal according to the law we are trying to change... When the law is unjust, resistance is duty!
The donation mechanisms that support the H*E*M*P*Bar webshow;
1) Coffee and Tea Donations - users (drinkers) of beverages are invited to make a minimum donation of $2.50 to cover the cost of the beverage and the real costs involved in heating up water, procuring the highest quality locally grown Coffee beans, chilling the milk and other beverages/elixirs.
2) Internet Access Donations - users (web cerfers) of the Internet Access Terminals are asked for a minimum donation to cover the on-line cost. 10 cents a minute.
3) "War on Dope Users" Donation Box - is the most highly controversial resource generating mechanism that we have in the H*E*M*P*Bar. Users of the word DOPE to refer to cannabis are asked to redeem them selves by donating a gold coin or bud.
4) H*E*M*P Bar Merchandise - Natcherally, we have a full range of H*E*M*P*Bar hats, bags, tee shirts and assorted stuff and nearly all of it has our unique "filth neck lizard" logo emblazoned on it.
IMPORTANT NOTE: When we refer to cannabis and marijuana in any of our many webspaces, we are ONLY talking about organic outdoor cannabis. The Nimbin H*E*M*P*Bar, by 'constitutional mandate', champions ONLY outdoor cannabis, we ONLY endorse real hippy pot, totally natural, organic - CANNABIS grown with its roots in the soil and its leaves in the sun. Bush Buds.
The H*E*M*P*Bar does not encourage "non-hippy grown in a city" cannabis to smoked on its premises, we are polite about it, as polite as we are when pointing out the NO alcohol, NO bongs and NO dogs policies. (but keep an eye out for the "Barking Wombats")
H*E*M*P*Bar activism doesn't stop at the front door, there have been trips to Sydney with the Big Joint to the 1999 Drug Summit, Industrial hemp crops tended, a three month tour around the jails of NSW dubbed the "Freedom Ride", anti-sniffer dog protests, Dave Cannabis was busted and charges laid for running a Cannabis Cafe Demonstration Model (even though what was happening in the HEMP Bar was known about by police ministers who had given thier "unofficial" nod of approval), the Big Joint on Sydney Harbour, the Big Joint Goes to Canberra and history has proved that the H*E*M*P*Bar is one of the best places to hang during the annual Mardi Grass Protestival.
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