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“New LCA” – Call For Nominations

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“New LCA” is in the process of drafting its constitution and revising its aims and principles in accordance with the results of the leadership election.  The immediate plans following the election are set out here.

The management committee is considering a new name which will better reflect the aims of the party.   Nominations are invited from everyone.

This is not a competition and there are no prizes, guarantees or rewards.  We are looking for suggestions and ideas.  The committee will decide the name that it will recommend to the membership as part of the new constitution.

The main consideration is how to advance our cause, ending the prohibition of cannabis, and who we have to communicate with and persuade in order to achieve that.   That means looking outwards at people who do not use cannabis and particularly at MPs, opinion formers and the media.  These are the people we must influence.

We need a name and identity around which we can rally supporters but we are not the main concern.   For instance, “legalise” is a word that frightens people.  Our target audience thinks that it means a free for all, whereas our intention is a system of regulation based on facts and evidence which protects children and the vulnerable and maintains quality and safety standards.

“Cannabis” is a word that people are concerned about having linked to their online and Facebook profiles but it is the essence of our cause.  It is difficult to see how any name could be successful without including the word.   Our new campaign theme is “Reform Regulate Realise” but it needs a payoff to say clearly what it is about.

Please think about how the name will sound when you write to your MP .   Will it be an immediate turn off or will it invite interest?   When Jeremy Paxman talks about us on Newsnight will it be with a sneer or with some respect, that here is a serious party with a serious proposition?

Please post your ideas here as comments.  I promise that every suggestion will be considered.  Here are some ideas to start off with.

Cannabis Party

Cannabis Tax & Regulate Party

Cannabis Tax Party

Cannabis Law Reform Party

End Cannabis Prohibition Party

Reform Regulate Realise Party

Safer Access Party

British Cannabis Reform Party

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  1. Britons for Rational Cannabis Policy?

    Ed

    March 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm

  2. Legalise Cannabis Alliance should be the name of the party to be registered as, quite simply, that was what the Members that voted, voted for – or the new name ought to be put to LCA Members for approval.

    LCA Members, those that voted, by majority voted Peter Reynolds as leader of the LCA, not a party with a new name.

    I may not be a member now but I was when i participated in the vote. I write here in response to the message sent via LCA Facebook group of which I am still a member.

    Alun

    March 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm

  3. To be fair I’m with Alun on this one.

    teaandfatty

    March 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm

  4. British Cannabis Reform Party

    Matt

    March 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm

  5. Just to remind everyone, the process we are engaged in is that the LCA committee will recommend either retaining the existing name or adopting a new one and this will be put to a vote by the membership.

    Peter Reynolds

    March 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm

  6. I think the inclusion of the word ‘regulate’ is of great importance. With the use of ‘regulate’, the audience can immediately know that you’re an organisation that wishes to legalise cannabis, and also that your work isn’t done with when this is achieved. I feel that it’s a keyword in preventing people thinking it’s a free-for-all.

    Cannabis Regulation Party?

    Craig

    March 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm

  7. I agree with Alun Buffry that continutiy is valuable and in the last 12 years the LCA had built a strong reputation.

    I can also see the argument for dropping the word ‘legalise. Much has changed since the beginning. There are some respects cannabis is already legal [ ie in Portugal, Spain , and as sativex] If our work is effective and it becomes more legal here, we dont want to be saddled with a term which is out of date.

    However the LCA has always been more that a political party. It has been an active campaign group. Members have run coffee shops demos, medical supply services and, stalls at fairs festivals etc.
    Being an ‘alliance’ underlies our policy of working with other groups.

    The word ‘Party’ ties the group to political activities who mainly operate at at election time. my view is that ‘Alliance is a word we should keep in the title.

    I propose that we become the ‘Cannabis Alliance’

    or for political purposes ‘the Cannabis Alliance Party.’

    Steve Barker

    March 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm


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