Federal Election 2019

Help End Marijuana Prohibition

VOTE 1 HEMP – The protest vote to re-legalise home-grown Cannabis. Look for the leaf on the Senate Ballot Paper at the federal election on Saturday the 18th of May 2019.

The HEMP Party appreciates your donation for candidate nomination fees and campaign funding.

HEMP Can Do Cannabis Better

Cannabis prohibition has failed, it has caused much more harm than good.

Cannabis prohibition is continuing to cause confusion and places an increasingly significant number of Australians with acute and chronic medical conditions in an appalling situation.

Better Cannabis legislation will improve our health, nutrition, policing and the annual budget.

Cannabis can provide a better solution for medicine, food security, the environment and social harmony.

The HEMP Party has a plan to integrate the whole plant into our everyday lives. (read more)

The HEMP Party has nominated senate candidates in all states and the NT for a formal protest vote to end prohibition.

Cannabis is the virtual candidate that needs a representative or spokesperson to campaign on its behalf.

Any HEMP vote within your selection of six above the line on the senate ballot paper is your clear message to end prohibition.


The easy way to vote 1 HEMP in your state.

  • Look for the leaf on the Senate Ballot Paper.
  • Write the number 1 in the box underneath.
  • Choose six boxes above the line.
  • Number them in the order that you like.

No HEMP Party candidates in the ACT. 

help-end-marijuana-prohibition-hemp-party LOOK FOR THE LEAF on the Senate Ballot Paper.  help-end-marijuana-prohibition-hemp-party

HEMP Party Senate Candidates 2019

Click on your state for more information.

New South Wales Group B for Buds

Dr. Andrew Katelaris  and  Michael Balderstone

QueenslandGroup N for Natural

Dr. John Jiggens and  Frank Jordan

South AustraliaGroup I for Indica

Angela Adams  and  Matt Iversen

TasmaniaGroup M for Medical Marijuana

Alfred Informal  and  Matt Owen

VictoriaGroup J for Joints

Frances Hood  and  Heather Marie Gladman

Western AustraliaGroup J for Joints

Dr. Nick Lethbridge  and  Mark Rayner

Northern TerritoryGroup F for Freedom

Andrew Kavasilas  and  Lance Lawrence



Most voters will choose six parties above the line rather than twelve candidates below the line. Your primary vote is the most important for all parties.

A number one in the box gives the party electoral funding if they attract over 4% of primary votes in a state.

On the large white senate ballot paper we say vote 1 HEMP and choose 6 parties above the line to number them in the order that you like.

Sounds easy, but there are too many ways to upset voters by telling them who to vote for and encouraging people to think for themselves is healthy for democracy.

Party Policy for Cannabis Legalisation

Where do the parties stand on drugs? Well, here’s a quick rundown: The Official Party Platforms for Legalisation Down Under


Who’s Facing Election?

The Australian Senate has 76 Senators, 12 each representing the six states, and two each for the two territories. In 18 May, 40 of the 76 Senators will face election, six from each of the states, plus the four Territory Senators. See the ABC website for a complete guide to the federal election 2019. Senate Preview

No Impairment No Fine

There are several very important issues we would love to raise.


Roadside Drug Testing, is a nightmare for Cannabis users and the police know it, they are targeting places like Nimbin.

How can we possibly introduce a meaningful medical Cannabis program in Australia while no one can drive for days after using the herb? In fact THC stays in your system for weeks if not months, unlike all other drugs.

Testing for merely the presence of Cannabis is ridiculously unfair, it should be about driver impairment. Imagine if you weren’t allowed to drive if you use pharmaceutical pills?

Drug trends. Along with sniffer dogs RDT has dramatically altered drug trends in the country. Pot is out and pills are in thanks to our drug policies. Cannabis has never killed anyone in ten thousand years of use and needs to be separated and treated completely differently to the other illegal drugs.

Grow your own.

We need to be allowed to grow our own medicine, at least six plants each for adults over 18, and in our own backyard. Cannabis law changes are spreading overseas like wildfire yet here we keep building new jails and our arrest rates continue the same.

In NZ for example police of their own volition stopped busting cannabis users and arrests there have dropped fifty percent in the last year.

The 420 celebrations begin soon after midday in Nimbin on Saturday, April 20. Millions of Cannabis lovers around the globe will be doing the same.

Nimbin’s annual MardiGrass, the Cannabis law reform gathering and protest on the first weekend in May will see most of the HEMP senate candidates gather in the village two weeks before election day. www.NimbinMardiGrass.com

HEMP Party: Positive saliva testing drivers with a trace of Cannabis that was consumed over 12 or more hours ago does not equate to impairment.

Possession of illegal saliva is enough to lose your driver licence and be branded as a drug user in the eyes of the law. Sobriety testing for impairment or risk as a driver would be more equitable.


One Aim

HEMP is a single issue protest vote on the Senate ballot paper at the next federal election.

The HEMP Party will need your support during the campaign. Cannabis is the actual candidate. The nominees are representing the plant’s use and your best interests as a Cannabis consumer.Federal Election 2019 Help End Marijuana Prohibition

There are a couple of million voters who self medicate or who enjoy Cannabis on a regular basis. The privacy of the polling booth is the safest place to protest about prohibition and one moment when you need not be paranoid about making a mark for law reform.

A vote for HEMP is a vote for the whole plant, for home growing, for self medication and for Dave the Stoner. 

Protest Voting in the Senate

On the white Senate ballot paper, you need to either:
— number at least six boxes above the line for the parties or groups of your choice, or
— number at least 12 boxes below the line for individual candidates of your choice.

Claim your support

Gifts and contributions to political parties may be claimed as income tax deductions. The most you can claim in an income year is $1,500.

Federal Election 2019 HEMP


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Authorised by: A. Kavasilas, Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party, 51 Cullen Street NIMBIN NSW 2480.

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