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Echo: Jeremy Buckingham back to legalise cannabis

Former NSW Greens MLC Jeremy Buckingham is back on the hustings as the lead upper house candidate for the Legalise Cannabis Party in the NSW state election.

By David Lowe | March 20, 2023

Well known for his role fighting unconventional gas fields across the state, Mr Buckingham says legalising cannabis has been another long term passion.

Since leaving politics in 2019, he’s faced the tragic loss of his son, which he said was part of the reason for putting his hand back up for the political bear pit.

‘I’ve got more to contribute,’ he said. ‘When these things happen, you have a choice whether to just lay down and give up, or stand up and keep doing what you’re passionate about. So I’ve chosen the latter. And, yeah, it’s helped.’

Mr Buckingham told The Echo he’s always been passionate about cannabis and hemp. ‘I was an activist in the 1990s with an organization called the Hemp to Paper consortium in Tasmania, that was associated with the Australian Democrats, looking at alternatives to native forest logging for paper pulp.’

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