|Social Media:||Facebook — Twitter|
|Previous Names:||Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party|
|Slogans:||Look for the Leaf|
|Themes:||Hemp can save everything from health to the economy to the environment to agriculture|
|Electorates:||Upper House: Eastern Victoria Region, North-East Metropolitan Region, Northern Metropolitan Region, Northern Victoria Region, South-East Metropolitan Region, Southern Metropolitan Region, Western Metropolitan Region, Western Victoria Region
Lower House: Bayswater, Bendigo West, Pakenham
|Preferences:||Either Animal Justice or the Reason Party receive LC’s second preference in every Region, with Victorian Socialists coming in at third. The exception is the Western Metropolitan Region, where the second spot is occupied by the Victorian Socialists. Fourth preferences go to the Greens except in Eastern and Northern Victoria, where LC has nominated Labor.|
|Previous Reviews:||2022 — 2019 — 2013|
Policies & Commentary
Legalise Cannabis (hereafter referred to as LCP) could be classed as a single-issue party1The clue’s in the name, after all., but they’ve done their homework in exploring just how far that single issue can be applied.
Most of the policies listed on their website are identical to the ones they took to the federal election in May this year, so I won’t revisit them. You can find our article here.
There is one new initiative with a specifically state-based focus, so let’s take a look.
Legalisation of cannabis for personal use is a long-standing policy for LC. Part of this involves a state-based tax on purchases, which, they argue, would significantly boost government revenue. In what’s erroneously called our ”post COVID recovery”2COVID-19 is not over. You know it. I know it., LC argue that this revenue could be used to aid recovery initiatives. Unfortunately, there’s no detail as to what those might be. LC might simply be leaving that decision in the hands of whoever will be in government, but it would be nice to see where they think that money should go. If nothing else, it would give us an idea of issues they care about that don’t involve hemp.
Sadly, that’s it, which is very disappointing. As I noted in our earlier article, LC have some excellent policies, but with that one exception, there’s nothing new that specifically applies to Victoria. That said, their existing policy suite is well-considered, and you might be surprised just how widely LC have researched the applications of their core proposition. I wouldn’t consider them for my first preference, but certainly within the top 5.