Legalise Cannabis NSW is calling for candidates to contest seats in next year’s state election after reaching the registration threshold in December.

New South Wales is the third state to register a Legalise Cannabis party after Queensland and WA, with South Australia and Victoria hoping to follow suit.

Gail Hester

NSW party secretary Gail Hester said: “With registration behind us, over the next few months we are looking forward to hearing from prospective candidates and volunteers who want to be part of this historic journey.” 

Meanwhile, the Legalise Cannabis Australia party (LCA), formerly the HEMP party, has also met the 1,500-member requirement for minor parties to maintain their federal registration.

Michael Balderstone

President Michael Balderstone said: “There is a lot of frustration and anger about the driving laws which should be about impairment but aren’t. That, and the fact we are still not allowed to grow our own medicine, is driving our growing membership.”

The LCA is also keen to attract candidates and donations for the forthcoming federal election, Balderstone added.

“We need donations to fund the campaign as we intend to field candidates in some key lower house seats and a full contingent for the Senate.”

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Prior to launching Cannabiz, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Asia-Pac’s leading B2B media and marketing information brand Mumbrella, overseeing its sale to Diversified Communications in 2017. A journalist...

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