MCUA President, Deb Lynch, is humbled by support shown by the cannabis community this week when they rallied together to help with cost of crucial doctors reports needed for evidence in her upcoming hearing for cannabis related “crimes”. she says in a press release published 18 June 2020

CORRECTION: MCUA ex members along with HEMP party members & others from the cannabis community here in Qld, banded together to form the Legalise Cannabis Qld party NOT officially by the MCUA

“I was overwhelmed by the support shown by MCUA members and other cannabis law reform supporters who dug deep to donate. Within 18 hours of posting the fund-raiser on Facebook, it had raised $2850.”
Deb will find out at the end of July when her hearing date will be set.

“There is so much support for cannabis law reform in this state” said Ms Lynch, “that plans are in motion to form a minor party that will field candidates in the upcoming election. The govt fobbed off our petition earlier this year with over 13,000 signatures, so the only thing we can do now, is have a voice inside the parliament elected by the people.”

“We are aiming to register the Legalise Cannabis Queensland Party before the election, but its a very big ask. We need 500 signed up members to meet the requirements of registering the Party by the end of June. So If you are one of the 13000 people who signed the petition, to legalise cannabis in Queensland, we urge you to join online.” said Ms Lynch.

A steering committee has been elected from interested advocates to start the process. Well known academic, author and long time cannabis activist Dr John Jiggens was elected president of the steering committee earlier this week. Dr Jiggens will be standing as a candidate for South Brisbane. There are already several people wanting to nominate in other electoral districts, including Ms Lynch, who will be nominating as a candidate for Mermaid Beach in the upcoming election.

“Deb Lynch is not a criminal. She is a person who has a very serious illness. For the state to drag people like Deb through the legal system is a criminal waste of money. It lays an enormous stress on an ill person,” said Dr Jiggens.

“According to the Queensland Productivity Commission (the QPC) we spend $500 million annually on drug law enforcement. We are filling the jails with people who should never be there. Our prison population is expanding rapidly and our prisons are operating at 130% of capacity. As a consequence, we are faced with building two new prisons at a cost of $3.6 billion over the next five years to house the expanding prison population, while pharmaceutical companies profit from our illnesses. We must act to end this cruel farce now!”

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