Cannabiz Australia reports
Legalise Marijuana has withdrawn its application to register as a political party in Victoria after a challenge by Legalise Cannabis Victoria (LCV).
The move came after LCV campaign advisor Craig Ellis wrote to the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) objecting to the new party, arguing it was an “egregious attempt” to siphon votes away from LCV in the forthcoming state election.
He said the name “so nearly resembles” its own that it is “likely to be confused with or mistaken for that name” and that the words ‘cannabis’ and ‘marijuana’ are used interchangeably and “overwhelmingly resemble each other”.
“There is no material differentiating elements in the name Legalise Marijuana Party to Legalise Cannabis Victoria,” he wrote. “We regard the attempt to register the Legalise Marijuana Party as an egregious case of passing off designed to confuse voters to siphon votes away from Legalise Cannabis.”
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