Deb Lynch - No. 1 Senate Candidate for Queensland
Hi, I'm Deb Lynch - Drug Law Reform Australia candidate at the 2016 Federal Election.
As the secretary of the Medical Cannabis Users Association of Australia (M.C.U.A) I am a long-time and vocal advocate for the therapeutic use of herbal cannabis; for both medicinal and recreational use, and since discovering the benefits of cannabis treating my auto immune condition I have increased my cannabis advocacy efforts.
Good laws reflect community standards, yet recent government legislation touted as "legalising medical cannabis", actually increases the risk of penalties for patients, carers and suppliers of traditional, herbal cannabis. As it is, under current law, cannabis cases - which are victim-less crimes are clogging our judicial system and these proposed changes to legislation will only make it worse!
Cannabis is an amazing herb, food and medicine and is therapeutic for a wide range of conditions and I believe that the right to self-medicate with cannabis for medicinal purposes is a basic human right. This is a right the vast majority of Australians agree.
We want to change the cannabis laws. Australians need legal access to medicinal herbal cannabis NOW - in all forms, including raw and home grown.
Thanks to my endorsement by Drug Law Reform Australia, we have an opportunity to ensure that the governments' new medicinal cannabis regulations are amended to truly reflect the community need and right to access essential herbal cannabis.
Let's make cannabis an election issue!
Deb can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lorraine Smith - No. 2 on the Senate Team in Queensland
Lorraine Smith is the Vice President of the Medical Cannabis Users Association of Australia (M.C.U.A) and advocates for the right to use cannabis legally.
Cannabis is a herb and benign in effects. In the entire history of human cannabis use, of which the written record dates back approximately 5,000 years, cannabis has never been cause to a single fatality.
For this reason alone cannabis should not be on a schedule or be treated any differently to other commonly used psychoactive substances such as coffee or tea and most certainly should not be prohibited.
According to statistics released by the United Nations, approximately 3.8% of the world's population – use cannabis. That is roughly 266 million people who under this law are labelled criminals.
Prohibition is the crime. We punish, shame, criminalise and create social barriers for people who use drugs and who suffer from abuse issues. Just imagine if the same penalties applied for people who ate too much sugar or drank too much coffee!
We want change and as a people and a nation we desperately need change. It's time we took a better approach to drugs and started to care for our citizens.
The health and well-being of all Australians is reliant on a better system, one based on actually reducing drug related harm and not maximising it. With my endorsement by Drug Law Reform Australia, we have the opportunity to create a better, fairer system.
Lorraine can be contacted at email@example.com
House of Representative Candidates
Dr John Jiggens Candidate for Griffith
"Drug Prohibition falls largely on Australia's young adults."
Dr John Jiggens is a writer and journalist who currently edits the Kurilpa Citizen in Brisbane.
As an academic and long-term campaigner for drug law reform, Dr Jiggens wrote his Ph.D on the history of cannabis prohibition in Australia, ‘Marijuana Australiana: Cannabis Use, Popular Culture and the Americanisation of Drugs Policy in Australia 1938 – 1988‘. Other published books of his include; Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp, The killer cop and the murder of Donald Mackay, and The man who knew too much.
As a historian of prohibition Dr John Jiggens is standing for the Drug Law Reform Party in Griffith to argue for sensible drug policy such as the decriminalisation of cannabis and legalisation of medical cannabis, pill-testing, and for the regulation of MDMA as the only way to counter Australia’s extraordinary flood of ice, which has been one of the many unintended consequences of the War on Drugs.
Dr Jiggens has seen how alternative communities are chiefly targeted by drug prohibition while the "Mr Bigs" and organised crime figures are protected and continue to profit from this prohibited but protected, illegal drug trade.
With approximately 85,000 drug offences prosecuted and 3,000 Australian citizens imprisoned for drug offences in Australia each year, we need reliable figures on the exact dimensions and economic cost of Australia's dysfunctional drug policies.
Let’s find out just how many hundreds of millions of tax payer's dollars are spent on Prohibition.
How much money could be raised if we regulated and taxed drugs sensibly?
John can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frances McDonald for Longman
Hello my name is Frances McDonald and I have been living in Burpengary with my family for 26 years now.
One of the reasons why I have decided to be a candidate for the Drug Law Reform Australia, is that I want to speak out against these big pharmaceutical companies and Governments who insist on pushing anti-psychotic, anti-depressant and anti- inflammatory drugs into our society. These drugs don't work because they block other neurotransmitters within the brain and central nervous system, they cause more unwanted side effects and have been a contributing factor to millions of deaths in the last century.
In 1994, I suffered a work place accident - I slipped over at work damaging my lower back and right hip. At the time I was a single mum raising two sons with not much financial or emotional support.
Because of my injuries I had to quit my job and subsequently fell into a deep depression for several months. I knew that the anti-inflammatory prescription drugs would have had a tremendous impact on my kidneys and liver so I began illegally medicating myself with medical cannabis.
Slowly I began to rebuild my life. I had always wanted to study nursing and so I re-enrolled at South Bank TAFE to study in Community and Human Services and in 2009 I successfully completed my Diploma in Nursing.
Injuring my back and hip was one of the lowest times of my life.
I believe that people who are sick or suffering should be able to legally access marijuana without worrying about getting charged or legal ramifications.
So a vote for me at the next election is a vote for drug law reform in Australia.
Frances can be contacted at email@example.com