The Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party.
Several applications later the AEC has assessed the party as meeting the test of being a political party under s4 of the Electoral Act. 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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_political_parties
The Details Page explains the situation further.
The Aims of the Party shall be:
1. to endorse candidates to contest federal elections.
2. to legalise Cannabis in all states and territories in Australia for
(a) personal use
(b) medical and therapeutic
(c) and industrial purposes
3. collecting and disseminating knowledge relating to all or any of the Party’s aims
4. campaining to, and lobbing of, all sectors of the community
5. organising fund raising for the Party
6. conducting and faciliting research relating to all or any of the Party’s aims
7. to apply for and seek public funding for electoral purposes in accordance with the provisions of the Australian Electoral Act (1918) as amended
8. do all such things as may be necessary, expedient or desirable to carry out the aims of the Party as seen herein.
OUTCOMES – Cannabis: Suggestions for Reform
More community involvement in decision making around local issues concerning drug use
Abolish the offence of using cannabis
Decriminalise possession of small quantities of cannabis
Decriminalise personal cultivation of cannabis
Legalise possession of cannabis for genuine medical reasons
Address issues of public consumption of cannabis through community policing (eg “drug free zones”)
Provide more funds for treatment services
This would result in:
bringing down the black market price of cannabis to less than heroin
less crime and less police and court time wasted
cannabis users being more likely to discuss their use with doctors
less tobacco addictions
the community having greater influence over appropriate behaviour
police having more discretion in dealing with individuals
less rejection and alienation of young people