Constitution

    Constitution of Cannabis Law Reform as approved by a referendum of the members and the Electoral Commission. 16th March 2011

    1. Name

    The name of the party shall be Cannabis Law Reform (in short form – CLEAR), henceforth referred to as “the party”

    2. Aims and objectives

    a. To end the prohibition of cannabis
    b. To promote as a matter of urgency and compassion the prescription of medicinal cannabis by doctors.
    c. To introduce a system of regulation for the production and supply of cannabis based on facts and evidence
    d. To encourage the production and use of industrial hemp
    e. To educate and inform about the uses and benefits of cannabis

    3. Membership:

    a. Membership shall be open to anyone who agrees with the aims and objectives of the party, subject to the payment of any fee as set by the Executive Committee.
    b. All members shall have the right to a single vote in all elections and referenda.
    c. All members shall have the right to stand in any elections for officers of the party, subject to the election rules applied by the Returning Officer or their deputy.
    d. Members can be expelled by unanimous vote of the Executive Committee, subject to appeal to a vote of a General Meeting which shall settle the matter by a simple majority.

    4. General Meetings

    a. Shall be the supreme governing body of the organisation.
    b. Its decisions shall overrule all other bodies
    c. Shall be a meeting of all members of the organisation.
    d. Shall set the policy and approve the accounts of the organisation.
    e. Quorum will be 100 members or half of the membership whichever is lower.
    f. Meetings shall be called by the Executive Committee or by petition of one-fifth of the membership
    g. The precise agenda shall be set by the Chair, but must include: approval of the accounts, report from the Executive Committee and future policy.
    h. Shall have the power to amend this constitution by a two thirds majority vote.
    i. Decisions shall stand until the next meeting or for three years which ever is the shorter.

    5. Referenda

    a. Shall overrule all decisions bar those of the general meeting.
    b. Shall be run according to rules set by the Returning Officer.
    c. Shall set the policy of the organisation, insofar as it does not contradict the General Meeting.
    d. Shall be called by the Executive Committee, General Meeting or by petition of fifty members or by petition of one-fifth of the membership whichever is greater.
    e. The question shall be set by the calling body/be at the top of the petition of members calling for the referendum.
    f. Shall always be in the form of a yes/no/abstain question.
    g. Shall always be decided by a simple majority of votes cast as long as they are quorate.
    h. Shall have the power to amend this constitution by a simple majority.
    i. The quorum shall be the same as that for a General Meeting except for when approving constitutional changes when the quorum is double that of the General Meeting.
    j. Decisions shall stand for three years and shall not be discussed again for a year and a day except by General Meeting.

    6. The Executive Committee

    a. Shall consist of:

    i. The Chair who shall:
    Be appointed by the Executive Committee from its members (both voting and non-voting) unless the Executive Committee has appointed a President who, if present, will assume the chair.
    Only vote to break a deadlock,
    Remain impartial
    Organise and Run the meetings of the Executive Committee.
    Act as Returning Officer for Referenda and Elections.
    Cease to hold office immediately before the first meeting of a newly elected Executive Committee (even if their original term is already over) or if a vote of no confidence is passed unanimously by the Executive Committee, or by simple majority in a referendum or General Meeting.

    ii. The Leader who shall:
    Be appointed by a single seat election, according to such rules as the Returning Officer sets.
    Lead the party
    Speak for the party.
    In the first instance, set policy (subject to all other bodies).
    Organise the political campaigning of the party
    Such other duties as the Executive Committee shall delegate
    Cease to hold office, three years from election or if subject to a vote of no confidence, which shall follow and be called by the same rules as a referendum or General Meeting motion to amend the constitution.

    iii. The four elected members, who shall:
    Be appointed by a multi-seat election held under the single transferable vote system and such rules as the Returning Officer sets.
    Carry out such other tasks as the Executive Committee decides
    Take on such roles as the Executive Committee decides (e.g. treasurer, secretary)
    Cease to hold office, three years from election or if subject to a vote of no confidence, individually or collectively under the same terms as the leader or, individually by unanimous vote of the Executive Committee, except the person under discussion.

    iv. Up to four additional, non voting members, who shall:
    Be appointed by the executive at any time for a period not exceeding the remaining electoral terms of the rest of the members of the executive.
    Carry out such other tasks as the Executive decides
    Take on such roles as the Executive decides (e.g. treasurer, sectary)
    Cease to hold office by simple majority vote of the Executive, or by decision of a referendum or General Meeting.

    v. The President if one has been appointed by the Executive Committee

    b. Can appoint up to four non-voting co-opted members as detailed above.
    c. Shall be responsible for the day to day running of the party, setting of policy and issuance of public statements through the leader.
    d. Oversee the policy and public comment powers of the leader.
    e. Individually or collectively hold the party assets.
    f. Direct the resources of the party
    g. Have a quorum of half its voting members, including the chair, plus one.
    h. Appoint a temporary chair if the Chair becomes incapacitated.
    i. Remove from office the Chair or Executive members as detailed above
    j. Call Referenda or General Meetings.
    k. Appoint members, or one of its number to such other (non- Executive member) positions and roles as may be necessary.
    l. Such other tasks as may be necessary except amend the constitution and breach the resolutions of General meetings or Referenda.
    m. May, by unanimous vote, award Life Fellowships of the party which shall confer all the benefits of membership without payment of a fee and shall be irrevocable until death.
    n. May, by unanimous vote, appoint a President of the party which shall confer all the benefits of a Life Fellowship together with a permanent place on the Executive Committee.

    7. Elections

    a. Shall be held as detailed in the Executive section.
    b. Single seat elections mean an election where you can vote for one candidate, or none to fill, or not, one place.
    c. Single transferable vote elections shall be held under the system as detailed by the electoral reform society see their website (http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/article.php?id=48)
    d. Shall be run according to rules set by the Returning Officer before the commencement of the campaigning period.
    e. Shall guarantee each member one vote and one vote only
    f. Interpretation of the election rules is a matter for the Returning Officer whose decision is final.
    g. Candidates may be expelled from the election, the election may be re-run from the start or such other measures as the Returning Officer deem necessary may be used if the election rules are breached.
    h. With unanimity of the candidates (excepting any who are not of sound mind or otherwise incapacitated) the election may be cancelled and immediately re-run, until the voting closes.
    i. All complaints must be lodged, in writing, with the Returning Officer not more than five working days from the end of the voting period