The Legalise Cannabis Qld Party believes that Cannabis law reform does not have to be complicated and the ‘Grape Theory’ forms the basis of the necessary reforms at state level.
In Queensland, too much public money is being spent for too little return on failed drug policy. There are positive flow-on benefits of legalising Cannabis in many areas and sectors of the Queensland economy, environment and the community.
The Grape Theory
- Treat Cannabis like grapes
- grow as many grapes as you want, no licence
- make as many of those grapes as you want into wine, no licence
- share that wine with your friends and family, no licence
- HOWEVER the moment you want to sell some of that wine you require a licence, show quality control and safety for human consumption, and pay the appropriate fees
The Legalise Cannabis Qld Party candidates for the state election on Saturday, 31 October 2020.
- Bundaberg – Ian Zunker
- Burleigh – Ingrid Weber
- Everton – Frank Jordan
- Gaven – Suzette Luyken
- Inala – Nigel Quinlan
- Ipswich – Shelly Morton
- Ipswich West – Anthony Hopkins
- Keppel – James Dockery
- Mackay – Shaun Krstic
- Mansfield – Brendan Taylor
- Maryborough – River Body
- McConnel – Paul Swan
- Mermaid Beach – Deb Lynch
- Miller – Josip Zirdum
- Mount Ommaney – Clive Brazier
- Mundingburra – Susan Jackson
- Nanango – Maggie O’Rance
- Pumicestone – Ryan Dryden
- Redlands – Frank Brady
- Rockhampton – Laura Barnard
- South Brisbane – John Jiggens (Independent)
- Southern Downs – Debbie Waldron
- Toohey – Nikolas Peterson
- Waterford – Lanai Carter (Independent)
- Whitsunday – Paul Hilder
Legalise Cannabis Qld Party Policies
1. The creation of a unified independent Cannabis authority for recreational Cannabis and hemp production, which would include end users and those with experience in cultivation and production in the decision-making process to oversee the implementation of new policies.
2. A home-grow option will be included with no minimum or maximum number of plants and there should be indoor and outdoor grows permitted.
3. We like the option of licensed dispensaries, which would be supplied by smaller boutique growers and/or co-ops or social clubs, similar to the Spanish model. There should be an amnesty period for current illegal growers to transition to licensed producers. We certainly do not want big international corporations monopolising the recreational industry, as they have in the medical market.
4. A Cannabis state-based tax for small to medium commercial operations could be introduced and regulations formulated to ensure the safety of end users. But these operations shouldn’t be overtaxed, so it’s a burden and restrictive for small business owners.
5. We will be considering scaled tax levels. Incentivised subsidy for start-ups and not-for-profits, as well as home-grow options, possibly with a annual small licence fee.
6. There should be a review of current drug driving laws, with a view to introducing new laws for impairment and not mere presence. A study last year out of Sydney University casts doubt on accuracy of mobile drug testing devices which too often result in false negatives and false positives. There is no defence available for medical users of Cannabis. Thousands of Cannabis users have been taken off the road every year since their introduction and there has been no corresponding reduction in the road toll as there was when alcohol testing and seat belts were introduced.
7. Historical Cannabis criminal records should be expunged.
8. There should be independent testing of product publicly available for producers, growers and consumers. This should be reasonably priced and easy to access. And there should be a removal of restrictions, so as to allow labs and scientists to perform these tests.