Welcome to the Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party of Australia.
Vote 1 HEMP to re-legalise and regulate Cannabis for personal, medical and industrial uses in Australia. The HEMP Party is an organisation with the aim of endorsing candidates to contest elections to the Federal Parliament of Australia. Any person on the electoral roll and eligible to vote in elections to the Parliament is eligible to become a member of the HEMP Party. There are no initial or annual membership fees.
On 17 June 2010 the delegate determined that the party’s application had passed its initial consideration for registration and the application was advertised for public objection on 23 June 2010. The issue of writs on 19 July 2010 for the federal elections meant that no further action could be taken on this application until the final return of all outstanding writs on 17 September 2010. No objections to the registration of the HEMP Party were received.
The delegate of the Australian Electoral Commission determined that the HEMP Party should be registered under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.
State and Territory Branches
NSW electoral laws make it very tough for new, small political parties to get on the official register in NSW. The registration laws are the toughest and most restrictive in Australia. The HEMP Party is currently seeking official registration of individual State and Territory branches of the Party.
To apply for registration in NSW a political party must submit its application no less than 15 months out from the calling of an election, have 750 members who are also currently on the electoral roll in NSW plus pay an application fee of $2,000. Federal, Victorian and Queensland laws require 500 members to qualify for registration, less registration fees, and shorter time periods to apply for and attain official registration. Federal and State Branch application forms are listed on the Members page.
To highlight the hypocrisy
The United States has taken out a patent on the use of cannabis as a neuro-protectant, though they continue to keep the plant in Schedule One, reserved for drugs with the highest potential for abuse and no medicinal use. Groups of physicians and nurses including the American Medical Association have requested a review of this scheduling. Medical Marijuana is dispensed under state law in a growing number of states of the USA. www.patentstorm.us/patents/6630507/description.html
What are ENDOCANNABINOIDS?
Endocannabinoids are a group of lipid compounds (fat-like) that are produced by some invertebrates and all vertebrates including humans . Their classification is based on their biological activity, which is often similar to that of the main psychoactive phytocannabinoid (plant cannabinoid) delta-9 tetrahydrocanabinol (THC) found in the marijuana plant.
Dr. Robert Melamede, Cannabis Science. (read more)
Australia lagging behind Cannabis legislation
Although industrial hemp is legally grown under licence in all states, we remain the only nation that prohibits the consumption of hemp seed for humans. Hemp seed oil is an extremely healthy food oil, as well as skin oil.
Hemp seed whole, hulled or crushed for oil are used in food products such as muesli bars, cakes, breads, biscuits, butter paste, non-dairy milk, tofu and cheese, ice cream, the essential and cold pressed oils are used in cosmetics (such as shampoo, soaps and moisturisers), as well as having therapeutic qualities similar to evening primrose oil, cod liver oil, flaxseed oil and soybean supplements.
The omega-6:omega-3 ratio of hemp seed is considered optimal for human nutrition. Because of hemp’s high seed yield, and the seeds high oil content, it has been used throughout the millennia in paints, varnishes, and as a lighting fuel.
Pending decision on hemp seed food in Australia
Ministers have sought a review on the proposed standard for low THC hemp as a food. Ministers have agreed to seek advice from the Standing Council on Police and Emergency Services.
Some people seem to think the HEMP Party is only about industrial hemp or medical marijuana.
Those people are incorrect. We are also about re-legalising recreational cannabis. We do what we can, when we can, with very limited funds. We would like to see an end to the demonisation of cannabis in every way. And for very good reasons; food, fuel, fibre, medicine and recreation.
The writs have been returned. The HEMP Party is officially registered!!
You can become a member if you are on the Australian Electoral Roll, see the Members page for details.
Registered voters can make a tax deductible donation to the HEMP Party via the online service.