BALLARAT would be in a good position for the cultivation of marijuana if it is legalised, according to Australian Sex Party president Fiona Patten.
Ms Patten visited Ballarat on Monday to launch the party’s regional campaign, which includes candidates in every upper house seat as well as candidate for Wendouree, Liam Hastie.
Ms Patten said cultivation would be regulated and would provide a jobs boost in the area.
“We need to make a much stronger approach on medical marijuana,”she said.
“Why not set up our own cultivation for it here in Victoria and why not where we are growing poppies, grow another medical crop in medical marijuana.”
Ms Patten also highlighted the problems associated with the drug ice as an issue that needed tackling.
“We would be looking at more rehab beds rather than prison beds,” he said.
“From our perspective, we should be treating drug use – like ice – as a health issue rather than a criminal one and that does require quite the change from the law and order strategy the other parties will be promoting over the campaign.”
The party’s upper house candidate for Western Victoria has previously been announced as Jayden Millard.