HEMP Party

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Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party
Leader Michael Balderstone
Founder Nigel Quinlan
Founded 1993
Headquarters Nimbin, New South Wales
Ideology Cannabis politics
Colours Green
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The Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party is an Australian political party which advocates the legalisation of cannabis.

The group was founded in 1993 by Nigel Quinlan, who ran as a candidate under the name Nigel Freemarijuana. In 2001, Freemarijuana's name was assessed by the Australian Electoral Commission as to whether it was suitable to be added to the electoral roll – the Commission found that it was, meaning Freemarijuana could run as an electoral candidate under the name.[1]

HEMP is based in Nimbin, New South Wales, the centre of Australia's cannabis culture. HEMP has unsuccessfully stood candidates in several federal and state elections, but has struggled to maintain the membership and regulatory requirements for party registration in Australia.[2]

In 2007, prior to the 2007 federal election, HEMP was de-registered as a political party by the Australian Electoral Commission after a random audit of its membership.[3] The group re-applied for party registration in February 2010, but according to HEMP secretary Graham Askey, delays in processing their application meant that registration did not proceed in time before the 2010 federal election was called.[4] It was formally registered on 23 September 2010.[5]

The party received a nationwide Senate vote of 0.71 percent at the 2013 federal election. Historically the party's best result was at the 1994 Elizabeth by-election in South Australia with a 5.37 percent primary vote.

The party has been involved in Glenn Druery's Minor Party Alliance.[6][7]

In October 2014 the party made known its support of the anti-vaccination movement. Even going so far as to encourage their followers on social media to choose between marijuana and vaccination for their children. When questioned regarding the spurious ethics involved in such a practice, the party further went on to show they believe that support for vaccination is mutually exclusive of critical thinking regarding the current government. They have since removed several open dialogues from their Facebook page,[8] in which several members of their community spoke back against this gradual shift away from core party views, and several more in response calling into question the false dichotomy they presented. They have refused to comment further on issue, though the party continues to share anti-vaccination sentiments and "information" via social media.


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