Paul Swan is the Legalise Cannabis Qld Party Candidate for the seat of McConnel. A Queensland local, he moved to Brisbane to further his education and has since worked mostly in retail and cleaning. He has a degree majoring in Australian History from the University of Queensland (UQ) and has been a passionate Cannabis and drug law reform activist all his political life.
Radicalised at a young age by the disconnect between science, social research and public policy, Paul has been involved in Cannabis and drug law reform through community groups and political parties since university.
Paul first ran for parliament advocating for drug law reform for the Greens in 2004 and again in 2013 as an Independent, supporting medical Cannabis. Along the way he was involved with the Drug Law Reform Australia Party and the Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party. At the beginning of 2020, Paul got involved with a small group of like minded people in the formation of Australia’s newest political party – Legalise Cannabis Qld.
Paul is standing for the seat of McConnel because he believes that Cannabis and drug law reform will not only help the people, but the environment and the economy as well. “We need to re-direct police resources towards real crime, help the sick get access to affordable cannabinoid medications, cut the nexus between drug money and organised crime and fund drug-treatment services for those that need them. By legalising Cannabis we can achieve this and in the process, rebuild our economy with new industries, revitalise rural communities and become a real world export leader in a growth industry (during an economic crisis), rather than just talk about it. It is time for the biological industrial revolution and our scientists and farmers are the people to lead it”.
Paul is also convinced that Cannabis law reform is necessary for re-building relationships and trust between individuals, community and the State. “For far too long, drug policy has been a political football which has eroded trust with institutions necessary for a functional democracy. This needs to be fixed and for this to happen, we need to vote Legalise Cannabis Qld first”.