For those curious about my recent Facebook posts concerning the good plant, you need not worry! I must admit, it’s been quite amusing being flooded with private messages saying “??!?!?!” “You on the ganja?!” “you’re throwing a marijuana party?” “should I be concerned?” LOL. Those are just a few of the gems I received. Time to straighten some things out!
First, I invited a number of friends to like my page “HEMP Party Southport”, not because I’m throwing a marijuana party in Southport (how would that even work?…). It’s a political party, HEMP standing for Help End Marijuana Prohibition. It was for a course I took this semester, political campaign strategies. Anyway, the first day of the course we were split into political parties in the Southport electorate, and I was the campaign manager for the HEMP Party. We campaigned for 12 weeks until election day against other political parties. Of course with my epic photoshop skills you know we ran smear campaigns on all of the other parties lol. I’m not very Christian when it comes to competitiveness… but i’m working on it.
My party focused on the Machiavellian strategy of manufacturing fortune for the duration of the campaign. Through our media releases, ads, letters to the editor, debates and speeches, we maintained a realistic approach; always being ready for the worst and prepared to do whatever is necessary to win. On election day, our party tied with the Australian Labor Party in the fourth recount of the preferential votes, can you say close call?! Unluckily for us, the Labor candidate’s name was drawn out of a hat for the final result (you can imagine how I reacted to this! Mini tantrum lol). Though they walked away with the title, I still consider this a win for my party. We went into the election as a single-position party, up against big players with a wide range of policies. I think the result is a testimony to the success of our campaign, word.
Anyway, I never thought I’d have a career in politics… but that’s changed now. Seriously considering being a media officer or a campaign manager in the world of politics. You’re always on your toes, there’s a healthy bit of competition, it’s challenging and rewarding.
Side note: I wanted our slogan to be “Yes We Cannabis!” but my group wouldn’t budge, so we settled on “Grow Together”
Our campaign in a nutshell:
Posters: Medicinal Benefits, Crime, Industrial Hemp
How to vote cards (Yes, our candidate’s name was Mary Jane Blunt)
My group working hard throughout the semester:
Community Event: We had dry ice smoking everywhere, cannabis incense and a joint rolling competition
Voting day: My awesome group and our huge banner
Some photoshop fun: We attached this photo in a letter to the editor for a local newspaper, saying how our candidate was “campaigning abroad” in Colorado, and attending the annual legalization conference (which doesn’t exist)
Our video ads: The first was the serious one that we used as our official ad. The second is a parody of Jimmy Fallon’s #Hashtag video