ALCP launch Dunedin North Campaign
Tuesday, 17 June 2008.
Media Release: Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party (ALCP) has announced that politics student Julian Crawford will stand as their representative in Dunedin North for the 2008 General Election. Mr Crawford is currently in the last year of study for a BA. he is the webmaster for the ALCP and has been involved in the cannabis law reform movement for many years. Mr Crawford has also received a state-funded legal education, having been prosecuted for cannabis three times in the past 5 years.
â€œIt is sad to see so many people victimized by a law which has no justification. There is no reason why people should be in prison for cannabis. Cannabis is a wonderful herb which is loved around the world. Many people of all ages gain relief thanks to marijuanaâ€™s therapeutic effects, This medicine should not be denied to healthy people let alone sick and pain-stricken individuals. Thankfully the tide is turning and the cannabis laws are rapidly becoming an â€˜assâ€™. Those with the courage to come out of the grow-closet and bring cannabis culture out into the public arena deserve a lot of respect, for they are rapidly making the cannabis laws unworkable.â€
Mr Crawford will formally launch his campaign tomorrow (18/6/08) at Otago University, where he will address the weekly 4-20 protest. He will be outlining the partyâ€™s election policy as well as encouraging supporters to make sure they are enrolled.
â€œFour-twenty protest groups have shown a friendly and responsible attitude towards the public. Clearly cannabis users are not the criminals they were once supposed to be but rather a legitimate sub-culture that deserves the rights of ordinary citizens. These social gathering would be ideally accommodated by Cannabis CafÃ© proposals made by the ALCP. Under ALCP policy, Adult customers would be able to buy small amounts of cannabis (subject to GST) from licensed cafÃ© outlets.â€
â€œI am excited to be contesting this seat and I look forward to meeting many supporters of cannabis law reform over the next six months. I was very pleased to see that Pete Hodgson legalized medicinal marijuana during this term of parliament. If elected to parliament I will look to build on this success.â€
For more information about the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party visit: www.alcp.org.nz
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