Legalise Cannabis WA (LCWA) has announced Leanne Lockyer as the party’s candidate for the North West Central by-election next month.
Lockyer said hemp production would bring jobs to the area, telling voters: “We need jobs and industries that will bring our local communities together and foster better levels of understanding.
“Hemp production here in North West Central has the potential to do all that and more because it will put money into local pockets while nurturing the land.
“The major parties are offering the same old tired policies, when they can be bothered to put up a candidate at all. It’s time we grabbed our local potential with both hands and that’s what I’m looking to do as your LCWA candidate.”
LCWA received 3.38% of Senate votes in May’s federal election and one of the party’s two sitting MPs, Dr Brian Walker, said he expected Lockyer to build on that groundswell of support.
“I have no reason to think North West Central will be any different, especially now that Labor have confirmed their abandonment of the seat,” he said.
“The cannabis plant has so much to offer from an economic perspective and we want to see the north of our state benefiting from its growth, healing the land while sustaining its people.
“At a time when the government has such a smothering majority in both houses of parliament, it’s important that voters are presented with a real alternative and Legalise Cannabis WA offers just that.”
Lockyer will contest the seat with Nationals candidate Merome Beard, the Liberals’ Will Baston and Greens representative Niels Glahn-Bertelsen.
Voters go to the polls on September 17, with early voting open from August 31.