A politician leading the charge to legalise cannabis as a tribute to his son who took his own life has branded both election hopefuls as out of touch.
Premier Dominic Perrottet and Labor leader Chris Minns ruled out decriminalising marijuana for recreational use during Wednesday’s debate.
Legalise Cannabis Party candidate and former Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said the pair were too conservative for modern Australia.
‘The major parties have got their heads in the sand,’ he told Daily Mail Australia after watching the debate.
Legalise Cannabis Party candidate Jeremy Buckingham said NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and Labor leader Chris Minns were out of touch for refusing to legalise cannabis
‘The legalisation of cannabis is inevitable the rise of the Legalise Cannabis Party is indicative of a growing awareness in Australia that it is the sensible rational thing to do.
‘We can reduce harm, save money, and free up a drug that millions of Australians use both recreationally and for medicine.’
Mr Buckingham pointed to Hawaii voting to legalise marijuana on Tuesday, and numerous other US states and countries that made the switch years ago.
He also noted recent polling showed a majority of Australians for the first time wanted recreational cannabis legalised, and surveys showed most had tried it.
‘The major parties are making a massive mistake by continuing with prohibition, which is expensive, pushes it into the hands of criminals and the black market.That’s a mistake and everyone in Australia knows it,’ he said.
‘Millions of Australians have tried cannabis and thousands in NSW use it – they should not be criminalised and we should not be wasting millions of taxpayers’ dollars on a pointless war that hasn’t worked.’
Mr Buckingham’s son Eden, 23, Super Afghan Hash (pictured) took his own life last August a day after revealing he had been abused by a relative, and his dad wants to legalise marijuana as a tribute to him
Mr Buckingham said he wasn’t surprised both leaders ruled out legalisation because they were both ‘very conservative and have their heads in the sand’.
He said this position was to both their detriment as it was out of touch with what NSW voters, particularly younger ones, wanted.
‘Young people, especially, recognise that cannabis use and be safe if it’s well regulated,’ he said.
‘Ultimately the major parties are going to have to change their position.’
Mr Buckingham said if he and others in his party were elected at the March 25 election, they would push for both the legalisation of cannabis and the reform of roadside drug testing laws that ‘unfairly impact on people who are using legally prescribed medicinal cannabis’.