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The Legalise Cannabis Party launched its Senate campaign in NSW outside Kevin Hogan’s flooded office in Molesworth street yesterday.

President of the Legalise Cannabis Australia (Formerly Australian HEMP Party) Michael Balderstone, said the party know that Hogan is comfortable with cannabis having grown up in the area and knowing people who use it. ‘Why does he never speak out supporting us? Because his mouth is taped shut by the National Party, is the answer and enough is enough.

President of the Legalise Cannabis Australia, Michael Balderstone in Lismore. Photo Lisa Bristow.

Too ridiculous

‘As the Federal representative of Nimbin and possibly the electorate with the highest cannabis consumption in Australia, it is just too ridiculous. Our jails are crowded and our courts full. The arrest rates for cannabis are higher than ever even though legal prescriptions are soaring and thousands of locals now have legal weed.

Mr Balderstone said there are two major problems. ‘Users are not allowed to drive and their legal weed is very expensive. Not to mention it is virtually all grown indoors and overseas.

‘Why does Kevin Hogan not support us growing our own medicine? And how can he stand by and watch hundreds of us busted for driving and losing their licences for a minuscule amount of cannabis in their saliva, possibly from using it days before? Absolutely nothing to do with impaired driving.’

Senate candidates for New South Wales and Queensland

Groups Q is Mr Balderstone and Gail Hester who are the party’s two candidates from New South Wales and Group C in Queensland are Bernie Bradley and Suzette Luyken

Mr Balderstone said the evidence is in truckloads now from overseas jurisdictions which have had legal cannabis for decades that legalising has only good consequences. ‘Many American states have seen suicides, domestic violence and car accidents statistics fall significantly since legalising.

‘The economic benefits are obvious but the social implications are even more important, especially for our young people.

Pot an easy bust

‘He knows full well cannabis is the easy bust – being so bulky and smelly – and he must know young people choose to use powders and pills instead to avoid getting caught.

‘Did he notice in Canberra that the latest wastewater drug monitoring report by ACIC, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, has shown locals consumed cannabis in record amounts last year but used way less of other more harmful drugs? ‘Has the sky fallen in at all in the ACT where people can grow two pot plants each now?’

For more information visit: legalise.org.au.


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  1. I would have voted for the bill, but I was high.
    Would have got rid of those bad laws, but I was high.
    And now the liberals, have banned 420, and I know why.
    Hey hey.
    Because I was high.
    Because I was high.
    Because I was high.
    Da de da da da.

    Where are Bluntman and Chronic when you need them.

  2. Kevin Hogan did not ‘grow up’ in the area. A look at his web site reveals that he is a blow-in from South Australia.
    Apparently, his wife is a ‘local’
    Kevin did not even speak up for the Southern Cross Uni ( where, it seems he has studied) over the failure to provide Job Keeper for the public universities at the height of COVID outbreak.
    Good luck the the H party!

  3. ” We don’t want to know about elections, we only want to know about love. ” 💃🕺❤❤✌🌈
    Mickie vitara & cosmic deb

  4. Does anyone know what the preferences are for the Legalise Cannabis Party? I can’t seem to find the information. Ta.


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