About the LCQ Party
Many people in Australia believe that cannabis law reform is (or should be) a federal issue. The People of Australia petitioned the Federal Govt in 2018 for a plebiscite to be held at the 2019 Federal Election, to gather public opinion on the question of legalising cannabis. It was signed by 13,000 people in just one month. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt responded, stating clearly that:
“The (LNP) Government does not support legalising Cannabis for recreational use but notes that issues relating to prohibition legislation deregulation and decriminalisation of Cannabis are primarily the responsibilities of the states and territories.”
This left no doubt that we would need to attack this issue at a State level.
In Queensland too much public money is being spent for too little return on failed drug policy.
This is reflected in Illicit Drug Data Report 2016/17 which states that nationally, consumer arrests continue to account for the greatest proportion of cannabis arrests at 92 percent. Of that national total, Queensland consumers account for 29 percent. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS website), illicit drug offences remained the most common principle offence in 2017–18 for offenders in Queensland. More than one in four offenders proceeded against by police had a principal offence of Illicit drug offences.
LCQ aims to turn that around.
The Legalise Cannabis Queensland Party (LCQ) was born when a group of like minded people formed a face book group with the intention of standing as Independents in the October 2020 state election with the view of working loosely together to push for cannabis law reform in Queensland and share resources.
They met in person on several occasions to discuss issues and policy. Then one person suggested maybe a Political Party would be a better way.
With the blessing of the well established federal H.E.M.P. Party and Medical Cannabis Users Association of Australia (MCUA) members and their associated networks, in mid June 2020 we called out for expressions of interest to form a steering committee. The call was answered and a motion was passed at a meeting to form a political party. An executive committee was elected and the call for members put out on social media.
We needed 500 members to complete the application to register the Party with ECQ which needed to be submitted by 30th June 2020 to make registration possible before the election.
The response was swift and overwhelming. In just a couple of weeks we had 605 members signed up. This enabled us to submit our application to become a registered as a political party in the state of Qld. We should know the result by mid to late August.
The rate at which we grew Qld membership of the Party alone, tells us that support in the community is high. The petition to the Qld Govt this year to legalise Cannabis tells the same story. This was the MOST SIGNED petition in Qld in the past YEAR with 14,736 signatories. It was rejected by the Qld Govt. Our letters, emails and phone calls to both major parties fall on deaf ears. It has left us with no choice but to try and get a voice on the cross bench, with the view of putting forward a Private Members Bill.
LCQ Party believes that cannabis law reform does not have to be complicated and the “Grape Theory” forms the basis of how we will go about making the necessary reforms at a State level.
The Grape Theory
Treat Cannabis like grapes,
You can grow as many grapes as you want, no license.
You can make as many of those grapes as you want into wine, no license.
You can share that wine with your friends and family, no license.
HOWEVER the moment you want to sell some of that wine you require a license and to show quality control and safety for human consumption and you pay the appropriate fees.
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Meet the Intending Candidates
Meet the people who are intending to nominate as candidates for Legalise Cannabis Queensland Party and run for the state Election in October 2020. To view more please click on our Candidates page.
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