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Legalise Cannabis MPs distance themselves from Sophia Moermond over 'Let Women Speak' rally comments

"The Legalise Cannabis Victoria team will continue to call out hurtful behaviour that misrepresents the party."

Members of the Legalise Cannabis Party have distanced themselves from West Australian MP Sophia Moermond over comments made at 'Let Women Speak' rally in Perth.


Victorian MPs David Ettershank and Rachel Payne said in a joint media release that comments made by Moermond "relating to trans and gender diverse folk do not represent the position by Legalise Cannabis Party or its representatives".

Ettershank and Payne also used the statement to condemn Nazi salutes being performed in Melbourne on Saturday.


"The Legalise Cannabis Victoria team will continue to call out hurtful behaviour that misrepresents the party," the statement added.


The statement did not reference any comments specifically, but Moermond said at the rally and on Facebook that she is "concerned about the rejection of science for ideology and the medicalisation of puberty, concerned about male violent offenders in female prisons, concerned about the increase in homophobia that I see around the world, in particular lesbophobia."


The event was held in support of Kellie-Jay Keen - also known as Posie Parker - who is the founder of the group Standing for Women and has been described as an anti-trans activist.


The only other Legalise Cannabis WA MP, Dr Brian Walker, said on Facebook that the comments were "unfortunate" and "amount(ed) to transphobia," and are not part of the party.


Legalise Cannabis NSW confirmed the statement from the Victorian MPs is the position of all party branches in Australia.

6 News reached out to Moermond for comment.


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