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Why the Greens and Labor had double-digit swings against them in Nimbin, a town known for marijuana

A town best known as a haven for marijuana smoking had the biggest double-digit swing backlash against both the Greens and Labor at the federal election.

Nimbin, in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales, usually votes for the Greens and has a Hemp Embassy shop on its main street.

But on Saturday, the Greens suffered a huge 19 per cent swing against it in the Nimbin Central School booth within the safe Nationals electorate of Page, Australian Electoral Commission results showed.

This occurred despite an election campaign visit from Greens Senate candidate David Shoebridge, a former NSW state upper house MP who has called for recreational cannabis use to be legalised.

Labor’s primary vote in Nimbin fell by 10 per cent, even though the ALP won the federal election.

The left-wing vote…

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