Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party ( Alcp ) Essay

1063 Words Aug 4th, 2016 5 Pages
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party (ALCP) is the only party which has contested for a place in Parliament in every single General and By-election since MMP began in New Zealand in 1996 (Cannabis.org.nz). Their ideology is relatively straightforward; ‘The ALCP exists to legalise cannabis for recreational, spiritual, medicinal and industrial purposes’. They are also firm believers of peace and justice, creating a balance between the power of the state and the power of the people. The environment weighs in on their ideals heavily as well, this is why some members have made the migration over to the Green party in recent years. They have ten core principles which play a part in their political choices; Truth, freedom, justice, peace, ecology, commerce, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, limited authority, personal beliefs and democracy. Although the ALCP had been persistent in their campaigning over the years, they have not been overly successful. In their first election in 1996 they won 1.66 per cent of the party vote (Bryce Edwards 2015). Since then the party has experienced a steady decline, in 2014 it only acquired 0.46 per cent of the party vote. One argument as to why this decline is occurring is the fact that ALCP works so closely with the Green party that to some degree the Greens have taken on some of their policy. At this stage the ALCP will be running in the 2017 General Election.

The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is a group commonly referred to as a ‘fringe party’. This means…

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