NSW Party Survey on Cannabis

SURVEY TO ALL POLITICAL PARTIES RUNNING IN THE 2011 NSW ELECTION

The HEMP (Help End Marijuana Prohibition) Party is again registered to run in the next Federal election. However we are not re-registered in NSW yet, but wish to advise our members on how to cast their vote.

To keep it simple would you please answer the following three  questions.

1. Do you support the industrial hemp industry in NSW including the legal sale of hempseed food products?

2. Do you support the use of legal medical cannabis by registered patients?

3. Do you support taxed and regulated legal cannabis for adults, something similar to alcohol and tobacco?

Write as little or as much as you like, we will make it available on the Party website.
Many thanks, Michael Balderstone, HEMP Party President.


The Outdoor Recreation Party amounts to the NSW division of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Thus the ORP incorporates the policies of the LDP.
Based on LDP principles it is easy to reply to your questions:
1.     Yes. We support all forms of voluntary enterprise.
2.     Yes, although we would not limit it to registered patients.
3.     Yes, although we are not in favour of taxes generally and would certainly not support tax rates comparable to those applied to tobacco.
Hope this helps. If you think we ought to elaborate, let me know.
Regards,
David Leyonhjelm

PS There is a current proposal to ban a large list of plants based on supposed drug contents. One of our members is a botanist and very annoyed about it. They have a website that explains it here: http://www.gardenfreedom.com/
We are contemplating going public about it. Is it something you are interested in?


Save Our State saveourstate.org.au
1. Do you support the industrial hemp industry in NSW including the legal sale of hempseed food products?  Yes.

2. Do you support the use of legal medical cannabis by registered patients?   Yes

3. Do you support taxed and regulated legal cannabis for adults, something similar to alcohol and tobacco Probably yes, but not sure.  Would need to consider all evidence.


NSW Greens response to HEMP Party Survey.

Thank you for seeking our position on the important issues of industrial hemp, medical cannabis and regulated cannabis. The answers below are provided on behalf of the Greens NSW.

1. The Greens support the industrial hemp industry in NSW including the legal sale of hempseed food products.  Greens MPs supported the Hemp Industry Bill 2008 which permitted the commercial production of industrial hemp in New South Wales. It is absurd to allow anti-cannabis hysteria to dominate the policy debate about products which can provide lower climate impacts, cheap and nutritious foods and health benefits. The Greens are committed to evidenced-based policy which would see these products made legal.

2. The Greens support the use of legal medical cannabis by registered patients. There is conclusive evidence that cannabis provides a number of therapeutic and palliative effects, including relief from pain and nausea. It is unacceptable to deny those suffering from ill health drugs that could assist them. Clause 39 of our Drugs and Harm Minimisation Policy states “Allow drugs to be regulated and prescribed for medicinal purposes based only on their therapeutic and palliative effects.”

3. The Greens support taxed and regulated legal cannabis for adults, similar to the approach taken to alcohol and tobacco. The ‘war on drugs’ has unnecessarily criminalised users of cannabis and has driven too many younger people to damaging drug use. The Greens NSW are committed to ending criminal sanctions for drug use and for the possessing and growing small numbers of cannabis plants. We are opposed to the NSW Police practice of using sniffer dogs in public places.

Relevant clauses from our Drugs and Harm Minimisation Policy include:
Clause 4 “The evidence clearly demonstrates that the best way to reduce the negative effects of drug use is a harm minimisation approach, with policies and programs directed towards reducing the adverse health, social and economic consequences of drug use to the user and the community.”;
Clause 27. “Commit to ongoing evidence-based trials of innovative harm minimisation approaches to drug regulation.”;
Clause 33. “Remove criminal sanctions for personal drug use and the possession of associated implements.” ; and
Clause 34. “Remove criminal sanctions for the possession and growing of a small number of cannabis plants for personal use.”
The Greens Drugs and Harm Minimisation Policy can be found at  http://j.mp/Greens_drugs_policy

Yours sincerely,
John Kaye
The Greens NSW. GPO Box 1220 Sydney NSW 2001
p 02 9045 6999 f 02 9519 2177 office@nsw.greens.org.au www.nsw.greens.org.au


THE NATIONALS for Regional NSW
Website Enquiry: Hemp and cannabis law reform

 

Good afternoon Michael

In response to your survey:

1:     yes

2:     no

3:     no

Sorry Michael that I have not been in touch as yet.  I have tried a number of times to contact you without success, I will continue to try.

Thomas George MP. thomasgeorge.com.au


NSW Labor: http://www.nswalp.com/

RESPONSES TO THE HELP END MARIJUANA PROHIBITION (HEMP) PARTY QUESTIONNAIRE

1. Do you support the industrial hemp industry in NSW including the legal sale of hempseed food products?

Industrial hemp licensing scheme

The Hemp Industry Act 2008 and Hemp Industry Regulation 2008, introduced under the Labor Government authorises and regulates the cultivation and supply of low THC hemp for commercial purposes, research, and other legitimate uses in NSW through a licensing system. There are currently 24 licences to cultivate and supply low THC hemp issued by Industry Investment NSW under the Hemp Industry Act 2008. Applicants for a licence must establish that they are of good character and undergo a criminal history check by NSW Police before a licence is issued.

Hemp as a food source

Hemp produced in NSW, as in all other states and territories, is prohibited as a food source under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (see Standard 1.4.4). The Hemp Industry Act 2008 allows the growing of hemp for seed, oil and fibre and provides no legislative impediment to the use of these materials as food ingredients.

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) is responsible for the development and review of amendments to the Food Standards Code and all submissions for amendments must be made to the FSANZ board. The Australia New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council (ANZFRMC), which is made up of Health and Agriculture Ministers from Commonwealth, States, Territories and New Zealand, must ultimately sign off on all amendments made to the Code.

There is currently an application (A1039) before FSANZ for the use of low THC hemp as a food. A previous application (A360) was recommended by FSANZ for approval, but was rejected by the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Council.

2. Do you support the use of legal medical cannabis by registered patients?

The medical use of cannabis remains a complex and highly contentious issue. Before being approved at State and Commonwealth levels, a consensus of expert medical opinion would be required to agree that the benefits of safe medical use is likely to outweigh the potential for adverse outcomes. Under Labor, the NSW Government has undertaken extensive consultation including with the Commonwealth Health Department, as well as separately meeting with clinicians, academics, police, legal and other experts on available and feasible options for a trial of medical use of cannabis.

3. Do you support taxed and regulated legal cannabis for adults, something similar to alcohol and tobacco?

No. The cultivation, supply or possession of cannabis plants remains an offence under the provisions of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985.


NSW Liberals & Nationals nsw.liberal.org.au | nsw.nationals.org.au

Response to Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP)

1) Do you support the industrial hemp industry in NSW including the sale ofhempseed food products?

The NSW Liberals & Nationals have no plans to change the legal sale of hempseedfood products.

2) Do you support the legal use of medical cannabis by registered patients?

The NSW Liberals & Nationals have no plans to change the laws governingcannabis use in NSW.

3) Do you support taxed and regulated legal cannabis for adults, somethingsimilar to alcohol and tobacco?

The NSW Liberals & Nationals have no plans to change the laws governingcannabis use in NSW.

 


NSW Registered Parties for the 2011 Election.
Australian Democrats (NSW Division)
Australian Labor Party (NSW Branch)
Building Australia Party
Christian Democratic Party
Country Labor Party
Family First NSW Inc
Liberal Party of Australia New South Wales Division
National Party of Australia – NSW
No Parking Meters Party
Outdoor Recreation Party
Restore the Workers’ Rights Party
Save Our State
Shooters and Fishers Party
Socialist Alliance
The Fishing Party
The Greens
Unity Party

Source: http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/candidates_and_parties/registered_political_parties/list_of_registered_parties


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