The 'Who Are We Hurting?' Ganja Army is taking a stand against injustice in the war on drugs through its ground-breaking mission. This remarkable group of activists has commandeered military vehicles to raise awareness about current drug policies and unjust driving legislation that unfairly targets medicinal cannabis users. Alec ‘Craze’ Zammitt & Will Stolk are currently out on bail for their stunt during the last year's 420 protests, where the duo used lasers to project images on the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge. By bringing attention directly to news outlets from the scene of these "crimes", this organization hopes to make lasting changes in laws surrounding medicinal marijuana use worldwide.
The duo turned heads as they recently embarked on a monumental demonstration in Sydney, Australia. Joined by their allies, the pair drove an impressive convoy of armored vehicles – including a tank - across iconic landmarks like the Harbour Bridge and Opera House; both sites of last year's civil disobedience that resulted in the pending charges against them.
Alec Zammitt spoke at this year's protest saying, “This visual statement aims to highlight the need for a new approach to drug-driving policy, one that prioritizes harm reduction and treatment over punishment and incarceration."
Cannabis legalization could be a massive boon for the Australian economy, with potential revenue from taxes estimated to run into billions of dollars. If legalized on a federal level, money generated by taxing cannabis sales would go towards improving Australia's healthcare system and education sector as well as providing much-needed funds for infrastructure projects like roads.
Will Stolk stated, "We want to publicize the discussion around cannabis in Australia and ask the government, who would be hurt by an amnesty?" He went on to add, "We also want to highlight the fact that the 75-plus year war on drugs hasn't worked and has cost the taxpayer billions of dollars fighting a war that cannot and will not ever be won."
Dubbed the 'projection stunt' activists Alec Zammitt and Will Stolk were slapped with criminal charges in connection to their pro-cannabis message they projected onto Sydney Opera House on April 20, 2022. A long-time hub of activism, the Sydney Opera House has come under fire before for utilizing this icon as an advertising platform - most notably when it used the building to promote horse racing in 2018 sparking national indignation.
Today, a protest by the “Who Are We Hurting” collective brought attention to the issue of cannabis legalization in Australia. This is not the first time the pair has drawn the attention of the media, they also held similar protests in the past, and they took it even further with a mock press conference on Parliament house steps featuring $420,000 USD – an illustration of what could be collected as daily excise if cannabis was legalized and regulated within national borders. The display drew both local and international media embers which prompted federal police investigation - shortly after former MP Craig Kelly gestured his support for decriminalization through replicating a similarly themed stunt with counterfeit money inside capitol walls.
The “Who Are We Hurting” collective has made another bold statement in the fight against drug policy injustice and cannabis criminalization this year. Their actions have drawn attention to this important issue on both local and international levels, prompting lawmakers to consider changes that prioritize harm reduction over punishment. If Australia were to legalize cannabis at a federal level, it could generate significant tax revenue for public services such as healthcare, education, and infrastructure projects - making Alec Zammitt's message of "a new approach to drug-driving policy" all the more relevant. This organization is an example of how activism can be used to create positive change in our society and cannabis reform.