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
☐ Registered Party
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 were received. The delegate of the Australian Electoral Commission determined that the Marijuana (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 JOIN 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. Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants
☐ 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, flax-seed 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:
The Food Standards Code has been amended to permit the sale of low THC hemp seed foods. However the changes will not come into effect until 12 November 2017. Until then the sale of low-THC hemp products is not permitted in Australia or New Zealand. The delay in the amendment taking effect gives jurisdictions time to amend respective legislation.
☐ HEMP Party Submission:
The HEMP Party submission to the NSW Inquiry into the use of Cannabis for medical purposes is available on the State Government website. HEMP Party Submission