The Government of Jersey officially entered the election period on Wednesday and the candidates will have now submitted their nomination forms – the public announcement of which will be made on the .
In our ongoing campaign to engage with election candidates, this week End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey met with Jonathan Renouf, who is standing as an independent candidate in St Brelade (District 2), and Carolyn Labey, who is seeking re-election in Grouville and St Martin (District 9).
Our presentation continues to be well received by the candidates and we had good responses from both of this week's meetings. Despite the limited time available on these occasions, which restricts us to just an overview of our key recommendations, the ECPJ campaign is succeeding in raising the concerns of the cannabis community.
There were some interesting developments in relation to cannabis reform in London and Guernsey this week.
The Mayor of London announced the launch of the London Drug Commission on Thursday, which has been established to
"examine the effectiveness of the UK’s drug legislation and policing in the city, with a particular focus on cannabis".
Meanwhile, the States of Deliberation in Guernsey are due to debate whether to include a
"review of the legal status of cannabis" in the Government Work Plan for 2023 on the .
The incoming Government of Jersey should take advantage of these workstreams and form partnerships with Guernsey and London in order that we may collaborate and share knowledge, resources and experience of this subject.
Tomorrow is End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey's second birthday!
For background, see our previous blog post – What's the story behind End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey?
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the ECPJ and JMCPA Facebook groups for their support and encouragement, and for the dedication and commitment of those in our team.
End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey is delighted to annouce our new partnership with Centre Think Tank. We look forward to working together on progressive cannabis policy for Jersey, the Channel Islands and the United Kingdom as a whole.
Next week, we'll be launching the elections section of our website, which will include listings of all of the candidates along with what we understand to be their stance on cannabis reform.
Follow End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey on Twitter for the latest updates from our campaign.
À bétôt et à la préchaine,
The ECPJ Team.