Children, 12 and 15, handed HEMP Party pamphlets in park
A WURTULLA mum has accused the controversial HEMP Party of promoting drug use to her two young sons.
THE woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said her sons, aged 12 and 15, along with their group of friends, were handed pamphlets promoting the HEMP Party at a Currimundi public park on Saturday by a woman.
Their mother said the matter hurt even more considering her husband and father of her children committed suicide five years ago as a result of the effect of cannabis.
"I'm just disgusted my children can be innocently playing in a park and given a pamphlet promoting the use of cannabis," the woman said. "I'm all for free speech but I don't agree with the party handing these out to children."
The mother plans to make an official complaint to the party.
The HEMP Party - with HEMP standing for Help End Marijuana Prohibition - stands to legalise cannabis in all states and territories for personal use, medical and therapeutic purposes and industrial applications.
Hemp is the common name for plants of the genus cannabis, although it usually refers to the industrial (non-drug) component.
It can be used for housing, food and fibre.
HEMP national campaign director and Queensland candidate for the Senate Jim Moylan said he completely disagreed with the Wurtulla mother's interpretation of the flyer.
"It's disgusting someone can be so tragically misinformed that a group handing out flyers for a political party can be doing something anti-social," he said.
"We've never been out there promoting cannabis use. We promote a political cause, that's the re-legalisation of cannabis and we do that on behalf of more than 400,000 users of cannabis in Australia today.
"I think this lady's actions are bigoted and blatantly disrespectful to our electoral process."
HEMP Queensland president, candidate and comedian Robbo Da Yobbo made no apologies for the flyer, saying it highlighted misconceptions.
"We're not about smoking bongs and getting high in the streets. Hemp is fuel, food, fibre," he said.