The Daily Mail might be surprised, we can’t believe anybody else is.
The Hemp Embassy at Nimbin was swarmed with police on Thursday, just a day out from its ‘Mardi Grass’ celebration.
About 20 officers and several sniffer dogs descended on the building with a search warrant just before 11am.
Everyone inside, about 50 people, were evacuated, with police searching and dogs sniffing each person as they left.
Thursday marked one of the busiest days of the year for the embassy, with their annual ‘Mardi Grass’ festival only one day away.
According to the Hemp Embassy website, Mardi Grass is a ‘celebration and rally to protest the drug laws, educate people on the various uses of cannabis (medicinal, industrial, recreational & spiritual) and to celebrate the culture that has grown here over the last 40 years’.
Nimbin was once considered the centre of Australia’s marijuana culture, but an increasing police presence has put a strain on the town.
A string of high-profile arrests in 2015 and 2016 ended a trade that saw Nimbin locals grow and sell kilograms of the intoxicating plant every day.
Locals gathered at the embassy on Thursday as word spread about the raid to protest in song.
One man was seen wearing a hi-vis jumper and carrying a guitar, while others gathered with a umbrellas decorated with a cannabis leaf image and sang a version of ‘we will rock you’, directed at the officers inside.