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Group Reserves Name Of Proposed Party At Poll Office

A new group advocating the commercial use of marijuana has reserved Missing One’s Party (M1 Party) as the name of its proposed party. Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, has confirmed
15 Apr 2017 13:23
Group Reserves Name Of Proposed Party At Poll Office
Proposed M1 Party Chairman Larry Tausere in Suva on April 13, 2017. Photo: Roneel Karthik

A new group advocating the commercial use of marijuana has reserved Missing One’s Party (M1 Party) as the name of its proposed party.

Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, has confirmed it.

The chairman of the group, Larry Tausere, said: “This is a new movement where the majority of its members have never voted, missing or registered to vote in the last 40 to 50 years.

“We have been missing from the political arena for so long because we do not believe in the messages of the political parties.”

The proposed M1 Party is advocating that marijuana becomes the new “sugar industry” or the new cash crop for the nation.

Mr Tausere drew on examples of some countries around the world where hemp or the marijuana industry is legal. Closer to home, Australia and New Zealand has allowed for the growth and research of the crop.  Businesses in Australia can apply for a licence to produce cannabis legally for medicinal purposes.

Mr Tausere urged Fijians to keep an open mind about “marijuana as a new cash crop for Fiji.”

“The matter needs to be voted and the public need to know the facts. These are important facts that need to be told,” Mr Tausere said.

“If parties like the National Federation Party can focus their efforts on the sugar industry, that is what we want to do with marijuana.”

Mr Tausere also clarified that their efforts does not mean the legalisation of marijuana use in Fiji for recreational purposes.

“What we want to do is enable farmers to grow marijuana and have it exported. The law we currently have should remain in place.”

He even threw around some figures comparing the revenue one can obtain from planting one acre of sugar cane versus marijuana.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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Who Is Larry Tausere?:

He grew up in Kadavu.

His father is from Levuka, Nabukelevu in Kadavu. His Mum is from Ravitaki in Kadavu. She passed away when Mr Tausere was 13 years old.

He is part Chinese from his paternal side.

Reached Form 5 in Richmond High School.

He attended Navuso Agriculture School.

Stowed-away to New Zealand when he was 20.

While in the US, Mr Tausere completed his general diploma and graduated in 2000.

Married to Anita, and they have a 18 year old son (Mr Tausere said both his wife and son don’t believe in what he is proposing).

He was deported back to Fiji two years ago.

He works as a real estate agent.

 

His claims were:

On the use of one acre of land:

$8000 – revenue from sugar

$60,000 – revenue from marijuana

Industrial hemp takes between 6 to 9 months to mature

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