HEMP Survey of Parties and Local Candidates in the 2019 NSW Election

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

Since the last NSW election, the federal government has introduced legislation to provide Cannabis for medical purposes ( about 3000 people now legally have access, its very expensive and you are not allowed to drive ). Also our government has finally recognised the nutritional value of Cannabis seeds for human consumption and legalised it.

Canada has introduced a regulated market for recreational use of the herb. The state of California, after twenty years of medical use only, now have a regulated industry and home grown marijuana for recreational use. More than half of America has legal access to Cannabis now.

Would you please answer the following questions. Feel free to write as much as you like as it will be posted on hemp.org.au

1. Do you think an Australian State Government can introduce meaningful Cannabis law reforms without approval from the Federal Government?

1a. Do you think an Australian Federal Government can introduce meaningful Cannabis law reforms within the current international Drug Treaties framework?

2. Do you think sniffer dogs and saliva testing strategies unfairly target Cannabis users and have significantly contributed to Australia’s worsening drug use trends in the past decade?

3. Do you think the State Governments should unite and address Cannabis law reforms through the Australian Federal Government to achieve harmonised Cannabis laws around Australia?

4. Do you think Australians will use ‘legal medical Cannabis’ if they can get similar or better products cheaper and easier from the black market, or grow it themselves?

5. Do you think the current Australian medical Cannabis laws adequately address the needs and concerns of an increasingly significant number of Australians using illicit Cannabis everyday for medical purposes?

6. Do you think there’s any institutional corruption involved in Australia’s $5 billion plus (K Clements, Curtin) illegal Cannabis black market?

7. Do you think drug use should really be treated as a health issue?

8. Do you think the pharmaceutical industry and the police, who both have vested interests, have too much influence in maintaining the war on drugs?

9. Do you think separating Cannabis from the more harmful illegal substances and processed drugs is a sensible immediate approach for legislation?

10. How many Cannabis plants do you think adults should be allowed to grow at home for personal use?

11. Do you think medical Cannabis users should be allowed to drive cars the same as pharmaceutical users?

!2. Do you think saliva testing drivers for zero THC is severely limiting medical Cannabis use and we should be testing for impairment no matter what drugs you have or have not used?

13. Do you know someone who uses Cannabis regularly? And if so, why haven’t you reported them to the Police?

14. Have you ever spoken to the HEMP Party about their long connection, first hand experience and history of advocacy on Cannabis law reform issues?

15. Have you ever used Cannabis?


Survey sent: 11 March 2019

Replies

Hi Michael,

My name is Jesse Matheson. I’m one of the candidates for the upper house in NSW. While we have a drug reform policy (See: keepsydneyopen.com/policy), I’ve answered some of your questions here:

1. Do you think an Australian State Government can introduce meaningful Cannabis law reforms without approval from the Federal Government?

Our policy is to legalise cannabis in NSW as part of our larger drug reform policy. We believe this can be done from a State level.

2. Do you think sniffer dogs and saliva testing strategies unfairly target cannabis users and have significantly contributed to Australia’s worsening drug use trends in the past decade?

Yes. I think sniffer dogs are a waste of time and money and that the program should be scrapped.

3. Do you think the State Governments should unite and address cannabis law reforms through the Australian Federal Government to achieve harmonised cannabis laws around Australia?

That would be great!

4. Do you think Australians will use ‘legal medical cannabis’ if they can get similar or better products cheaper and easier from the black market, or grow it themselves?

Difficult to answer. There will most likely always be a black market but providing safe and regulated medical cannabis will improve the quality of life for people who need it due to medical issues.

7. Do you think drug use should really be treated as a health issue?

If the drug use is problematic then yes we believe it should be treated as a health issue. If it’s recreational then we want to ensure people are making informed choices and don’t die. Simple!

8. Do you think the pharmaceutical industry and the police, who both have vested interests, have too much influence in maintaining the war on drugs?

Yes. We have seen this in the pill testing debate with police influence.

9. Do you think separating Cannabis from the more harmful illegal substances and processed drugs is a sensible immediate approach for legislation?

Yes.

11. Do you think medical Cannabis users should be allowed to drive cars the same as pharmaceutical users?

I believe in an evidence-based, impairment-based approached. If the individual is impaired then they should not be behind the wheel. In other words, cannabis users should be treated the same as pharmaceutical users.

!2. Do you think saliva testing drivers for zero THC is severely limiting medical Cannabis use and we should be testing for impairment no matter what drugs you have or have not used?

Yes.

13. Do you know someone who uses Cannabis regularly? And if so, why haven’t you reported them to the Police?

They don’t live in Australia!

14. Have you ever spoken to the Australian HEMP Party about their long connection, first hand experience and history of advocacy on cannabis law reform issues?

No, but happy to have received your message!

15. Have you ever used cannabis?

Yep!


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