Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol

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Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol
Chairperson Paul Birch[1]
Founded 2015
Ideology Cannabis legalisation
Website
cista.org

Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol (CISTA) is a political party in the United Kingdom which advocates for the legalisation of cannabis.

The party was launched in February 2015.[2] The party had candidates in the2015 General Election campaigning for a Royal Commission to review the UK’s drug laws relating to cannabis and push the economic argument for legalisation, which the party argues could generate £900 million in taxation.[3]None of the candidates won a seat.

Electoral performance[edit]

General election, 7 May 2015[edit]

The party contested 32 constituencies, with its largest share of the vote coming in East Londonderry with 527 (1.5%).

Constituency Candidate Votes  %
Bethnal Green & Bow Jonathan Dewey 303 0.5
Camberwell & Peckham Alexander Robertson 197 0.4
Cities of London & Westminster Edouard-Henri Desforges 160 0.4
Dundee, E Lesley Parker-Hamilton 225 0.5
East Londonderry Neil Paine 527 1.5
Eddisbury George Antar 301 0.6
Esher & Walton Matt Heenan 396 0.7
Glasgow, Central James Marris 171 0.4
Glasgow, N Russell Benson 154 0.4
Glasgow, NE Geoff Johnson 225 0.6
Glasgow, NW Chris MacKenzie 213 0.5
Great Yarmouth Sam Townley 167 0.4
Guildford Gerri Smyth 196 0.4
Hackney, S & Shoreditch Paul Birch 297 0.6
Holborn & St Pancras Shane O’Donnell 252 0.5
Inverclyde Craig Hamilton 233 0.5
Islington, S & Finsbury Jay Kirton 309 0.7
Kensington Tony Auguste 211 0.6
Leeds, W Matthew West 217 0.6
North Down Glenn Donnelly 338 0.9
Paisley & Renfrewshire, N Andy Doyle 202 0.4
Rutherglen & Hamilton, W Yvonne Maclean 336 0.6
Sheffield, SE Jen Battersby 207 0.5
Stoke-on-Trent, Central Ali Majid 244 0.8
Streatham Artificial Beast 192 0.4
Thurrock Jamie Barnes 244 0.5
Upper Bann Martin Kelly 460 1.0
Vale of Glamorgan Steve Reed 238 0.5
Vauxhall Louis Jensen 164 0.3
Wakefield Elliot Barr 283 0.7
West Tyrone Barry Brown 528 1.4
Woking Declan Wade 229 0.4

Source: BBC News Election 2015[4]

London mayoral election, 5 May 2016[edit]

Lee Harris stood for CISTA in the 2016 London Mayoral election. He was positioned in ninth place out of twelve candidates, obtaining 20,537 first round votes (0.8%).[5]

Northern Ireland Assembly election, 5 May 2016[edit]

The party contested four of the 18 constituencies, with its largest share of the vote in any election that the party had contested coming in Newry and Armagh with 2.2% (1,032 first-preference votes).[6]

Constituency Candidate First-preference votes  %
Foyle John Lindsay 259 0.7
Newry and Armagh Emmet Crossan 1,032 2.2
Upper Bann Martin Kelly 672 1.5
West Tyrone Barry Brown 547 1.4

See also

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