End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey
for Reform.


ECPJ Campaign Update #17.

That was the week that was.

The 2022 general elections were held this week, bringing with it the end of our campaign to engage with the candidates on the subject of cannabis reform.

Looking at the election results, it appears that the majority of the elected candidates are either supportive or receptive of undertaking a progressive approach to cannabis in the coming term of the Assembly.

End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey considers the 10 candidates of Reform Jersey to be supportive of decriminalisation, based upon their party manifesto, while a further 24 candidates are receptive of a progressive approach, based upon our meetings and interactions – which equates to over two-thirds of the newly elected States Members.

One candidate is opposed to cannabis reform, while the opinions of the 14 other Members is unknown.

We had initially considered the Constable of Trinity, Philip Le Sueur, to be receptive to cannabis reform following our meeting with the Jersey Alliance, of which he is a member. However, with the failure of the party to elect other members, we now consider his stance to be unknown.

Sad news from Guernsey this week with the incarceration of fellow activists and friends for cannabis cultivation and supplying offences.

Our hearts go out to them and their families who are now separated from their loved ones.

Alternative sentencing options should be applied in such cases.

Guernsey's States of Deliberation will be debating the Government Work Plan next week, which includes a Proposition to begin work on a review of the legal status of cannabis.

However, two Deputies have brought an amendment to the GWP to remove the Proposition altogether.

We do not consider it appropriate to nullify the debate on the Proposition as it seeks to reinstate a previously agreed upon workstream. End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey has therefore provided States Members with a rebuttal of the amendment for their consideration.

Our election campaign has been successful in shifting the Overton window on cannabis and we shall be continuing our engagement with States Members in the coming weeks and months.

More on that and our reflections on the ECPJ campaign in next week's update.

À bétôt et à la préchaine,
The ECPJ Team.