The much anticipated list of the nominated candidates was released this week, which enabled us to complete our task of contacting all of the independent candidates to invite them to meet with End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey to discuss cannabis issues.
The twelfth week of the ECPJ campaign included meetings with Andy Jehan, who is seeking re-election for the role of Constable in St John, and Kevin Pamplin, who is standing again for Deputy in St Saviour (District 7). We also had a joint meeting with Jonathan Channing and Tom Binet, who are also standing for election in St Saviour (District 7), and Karen Wilson, who is standing in St Clement (District 8).
Our meetings went well, with some great questions from the candidates. They complimented our presentation and we found them to all be receptive to undertaking a progressive approach to cannabis if elected.
Following the announcement of the candidates, yesterday we launched the elections section of our website, which includes listings of all the candidates along with what we understand to be their stance on cannabis reform.
Our related tweet about the ECPJ elections listings received over 5,000 impressions and led to yesterday being the busiest day so far on this website – surpassing the launch of the campaign on the
As mentioned previously, we are utilising a simple rating system to categorise the candidates' opinions of cannabis issues, based upon our interactions and their party allegiances.
For a candidate to be considered to have engaged with ECPJ, they simply need to acknowledge receipt of our emails in the first instance. Further communications and/or meeting with End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey allows us to discern their stance on cannabis reform.
While there are a number of candidates that we have yet to engage with, we believe that 14 candidates are supportive of decriminalising or legalising cannabis, while 31 are receptive to a progressive approach to the subject. We have yet to come across a candidate who opposes the notion of cannabis reform.
It's all systems go now for the election candidates and the End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey campaign. We look forward to engaging with them all as we countdown to polling day on the
À bétôt et à la préchaine,
The ECPJ Team.