Ahead of the upcoming federal election, the Liberal Democrats are hosting a rally to call on the governments of Australia to unilaterally legalise cannabis for adults for all medicinal, industrial, culinary, agricultural and recreational purposes.
With the tide of cannabis legalisation sweeping the globe, Australians again find their governments dragging their feet. The Liberal Democrats are the only party heading into this election with a comprehensive drug law reform program.
Queensland Liberal Democrats lead Senate candidate Gabe Buckley is a long-term drug-law reform activist. A regular speaker at the Nimbin Mardi Grass protest, he has also presented at numerous drug-law conferences.
“Cannabis legalisation has been a core policy of the Liberal Democrats since inception in 2001,” Mr Buckley said.
“While no substance can be declared 100% safe, it is absurd that cannabis – which causes significantly less harm than alcohol or tobacco – remains illegal, while alcohol and tobacco – which routinely kill thousands of Australians each year – are legally available to adults to make up their own minds about.”
Mr Buckley, one of the chief organisers of the rally, has described cannabis prohibition as “one of the most regressive acts ever perpetrated by a government against its citizens”.
What: Rally Against Cannabis Prohibition
When: 1pm, Sunday 28 April
Where: “Speaker’s Corner”, Parliament House, Brisbane