The Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party.
About time. 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 Aims & Objectives of the Party shall be:
- to endorse candidates to contest federal elections.
- to legalise Cannabis in all states and territories in Australia for
- personal use
- medical and therapeutic
- industrial purposes
- collecting and disseminating knowledge relating to all or any of the Party’s aims
- campaigning to, and lobbing of, all sectors of the community
- organising fund raising for the Party
- conducting and facilitating research relating to all or any of the Party’s aims
- to apply for and seek public funding for electoral purposes in accordance with the provisions of the Australian Electoral Act (1918) as amended
- 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