The quirks of the WA electoral system could yet snag a seat in the upper house for the recently formed Legalise Cannabis WA party.

Despite winning just over two per cent of the vote in the South-West region, with almost two thirds counted, the ABC has predicted the party’s candidate Sophia Moermond could win a seat through preference harvesting deals among smaller parties.

Sophia Moermond: blown away by support

The party, which formed late last year, is currently in fifth position for the six seats available in the region.

Moermond, a 52-year-old naturopath from Perth, told MSN: “We had an after-party and we were all blown away by the amount of support we were getting.”

She said her main motivation was improving patient access to medicinal cannabis, as well as full decriminalisation.

She added: “People have been basically pushed into somewhat criminal behaviour, just because they are trying to have a better quality of life.

“Maybe some people are more progressive than we initially thought.

“Also the attention that medicinal cannabis has been getting recently is resonating with older voters.”

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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