The Pirate Party of Tunisia has decided to use the marijuana leaf as one of its primary logos, using the image as its sign on the country’s ballot:
The political group made the decision in order to reflect its commitment to cannabis legalization in Tunisia.
“The Pirate Party of Tunisia has set the decriminalization of cannabis as a priority in their next elections,” Pirate Times reported.
“Earlier, the main political parties [had] committed to address this. However, the State has been passive regarding the revision of Law 52 on consumption of illegal substances.”
The Pirate Party of Tunisia has been particularly outspoken in highlighting what it sees as the most serious problems with marijuana prohibition laws in Tunisia, which mandate a minimum sentence of one year in jail and compulsory drug tests for anyone caught with cannabis.
In particular, the party argues that the country’s marijuana prohibition law “disrupts the power balance between the citizen and the police and is used to harass dissidents.”
Furthermore, the Pirates point out, “this law has been used to incarcerate more than 1,500 youths since the last elections in 2014.”
Pirate Times reported that “the Pirate Party of Tunisia has decided to participate in the next elections by highlighting the hemp symbol on its lists, which will attract the voters of those who support this cause.”
The Pirate Party of Tunisia is the Tunisian branch of Pirate Parties International, which currently has chapters in 42 countries around the world.
Pirate Parties International advocates “on the international level for the promotion of the goals its Members share such as protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the digital age, consumer and authors rights oriented reform of copyright and related rights, support of information privacy, transparency and free access to information.”
“The name ‘Pirates’ itself is a reappropriation of the title that was given to internet users by the representatives of the music and film industry, and does not refer to any illegal activity.”