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Legalise Cannabis Alliance
The Legalise Cannabis Alliance (LCA) is a political party registered in the United Kingdom with the cannabis leaf image as its emblem. In Cannabis: legalise and utilise (2000) the LCA declared its beliefs as follows:
- The use of cannabis ought to be a matter of choice and not of law
- The prohibition of cannabis is against the public interest
- The prohibition of cannabis contravenes Human Rights
- The prohibition of cannabis inhibits the use of a beneficial resource
- The legalisation of cannabis is a very important step that should be taken to benefit the people and the environment
Current and recent election performance
In the 2005 general election the LCA are contesting 20 seats, as follows:
|Canterbury||Rocky van de Benderskum|
|Carmarthen East and Dinefwr||Sid James Whitworth|
|Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire||Alex Daszak|
|Dorset South||Vic Hamilton|
|Great Yarmouth (constituency)||Michael Skipper|
|Hull East||Carl Wagner|
|Hull North*||Carl Wagner|
|Norwich South*||Don Barnard|
|Orkney and Shetland||Paul Cruickshank|
|Penrith and the Border*||Mark Gibson|
|Surrey East||Winston Matthews|
|Swansea West||Steve Pank|
|Vale of Clwyd||Jeff Ditchfield|
|Worthing East and Shoreham*||Chris Baldwin|
|Worthing West||Chris Baldwin|
|Ynys Mon||Tim Evans|
- *Contested also in the general election of June 2001
In the last general election (June 2001 general election) the LCA had candidates in thirteen constituencies: Braintree, Calder Valley, Carlisle, Chelmsford West, Edinburgh South, Fife North East, Hull North, Milton Keynes South West, Norwich South, Penrith and the Border, Romsey, Workington and Worthing East and Shoreham. Their best result was in Workington, where John Peacock took 1040 (2.5%) of the votes cast.
In 1992 the Campaign to Legalise Cannabis International was formed in Norwich to fight politically for the legalisation of cannabis worldwide.
Under the name Legalise Cannabis Alliance the organisation was registered as a political party in the United Kingdom in March 1999. This registration occurred after Howard Marks had stood as a legalise cannabis candidate in four different constituencies in the 1997 general election: Norwich North, Norwich South, Southampton Test and Neath. In the same general election Buster Nolan described himself as the New Millennium, New Way, Legalise Cannabis candidate in Braintree.
The first official LCA candidate in a Parliamentary election was Colin Paisley in the November 1999 Kensington and Chelsea byelection . He took 141 (0.7%) of the votes. The second was Derrick Large in the May 2000 Romsey byelection . He took 417 (1.1%) of the votes.
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