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‘Tide is turning’: New Zealand’s cannabis referendum sparks debate in Australia [18.10.2020] The cannabis legalisation referendum was watched closely by progressive politicians and campaigners in Australia. For the first time, the 2019 Nation ...
Cannabis referendum: More than 100 doctors back legalising recreational use [15.10.2020] More than 100 doctors have come forward to put their names behind cannabis legalisation, in response to the New Zealand Medical Association's backtra ...
Cannabis referendum: Health experts lay out the case for voting 'yes' [08.10.2020] Four of the country's top medical experts are urging voters to tick 'yes' in the cannabis referendum, saying it's not a vote for the drug, but agains ...
Revealed: Drug law change sees sharp fall in drug users prosecuted; bias against Māori remains [01.10.2020] A "watershed" change to drug laws last year has seen a significant drop in police prosecutions for drug use and an increase in warnings and alternati ...
Gone to pot: New Zealand cools on legalising cannabis [01.10.2020] It is believed to be the first country in the world to put the legalisation of recreational cannabis to a national public vote. But amid a pandemic, ...
New Zealand split on legalising cannabis in 'reeferendum' [02.09.2020] Support for the Yes and No campaigns in New Zealand’s referendum on legalising and taxing cannabis is split at 49.5% each, six weeks out from voting ...
It could take 10 years to measure the impact of legalising weed [11.08.2020] The referendum on legalising recreational cannabis use is just over a month away. Campaigns for and against the change are well under way. We’ve had ...
Cannabis referendum: Marijuana not so bad for you, won't turn your hair green [08.07.2020] Former Prime Minister Helen Clark says cannabis won't make your teeth fall out or turn your hair green - and criminalising it is an injustice to thou ...
Growing majority of Kiwis support legalising cannabis, new poll finds [29.06.2020] A growing majority of New Zealanders support legalising cannabis for personal use, according to a new poll just three months from a national referend ...
Former PM, police investigator, among Kiwis backing cannabis legalisation campaign [01.06.2020] The New Zealand Drug Foundation's "Our Own Terms" campaign features Tim McKinnel, alongside former Prime Minister Helen Clark, psychiatrist Hinemoa E ...
National leader Todd Muller signals cannabis legislation will have his support if New Zealand votes 'yes' [26.05.2020] National leader Todd Muller says his party will likely support the legalisation of cannabis if New Zealand votes "yes" in the upcoming referendum. Na ...
Cannabis crop could contribute $490m a year to government coffers [26.05.2020] The Government's coffers could be winners if cannabis is legalised. Work by the NZ Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) shows a legal cannabis indu ...
Government reveals cannabis referendum legalisation details [01.05.2020] Proposed cannabis legalisation will ban items designed to appeal to young people, set a four-year prison term for selling to under 20-year-olds and a ...
New Zealanders back legal weed once they know the facts - poll [21.02.2020] Kiwis will vote to legalise cannabis if they actually know what they're voting on, pro-legalisation campaigners have claimed. A referendum later this ...
Legalising cannabis: Supporters, opponents take swipes at each other as polls show knife-edge decision [21.02.2020] Recent polls on legalising recreational cannabis in New Zealand show support falling for the 'yes' vote, but also a significant number of undecideds ...
Teen use of cannabis has dropped in New Zealand, but legalisation could make access easier [20.02.2020] As New Zealand prepares for a referendum on legalising recreational cannabis, surveys show opposite trends for cannabis use by adults and adolescents ...
Canberra's cannabis laws do not address supply problem, meaning buying the drug will remain illegal [11.01.2020] Cannabis will be legal in the ACT come the end of the month, but those hoping to light up might have to break the law to do so. The controversial new ...
The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far [04.12.2019] As you’re probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published, and has ...
Drug Foundation praises the proposed cannabis law – but National says it's not up to scratch [03.12.2019] The Government outlined details of what they'll be voting for in next year's cannabis referendum. The New Zealand Drug Foundation is welcoming the pr ...
How Canada's cannabis legalization is shaping laws elsewhere [17.10.2019] Ever since Canada became the first major country to legalize marijuana for adults a year ago, other nations have been paying attention. The small Sou ...
Govt commits to helping cannabis debate focus on facts and evidence [13.09.2019] MPs and the Drug Foundation addressed a symposium on drug law reform at Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little told the crowd, despite a lo ...
Cannabis prohibition doesn't work anywhere. It's New Zealand's turn to legalise it [04.09.2019] In New Zealand, cannabis is classified as an illegal drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. Its possession, use and supply are subject variously to ...
A step change in the approach to addiction [07.08.2019] The passing of the Misuse of Drugs Amendment marks a significant shift in how the Government deals with the possession and use of controlled substanc ...
New Zealand tried for 20 years to curb its methamphetamine crisis. It failed [07.05.2019] For twenty years, New Zealand fought methamphetamine and lost. Now, a Herald investigation has examined the impact of the meth epidemic from the insi ...
Legalising cannabis: A grower’s perspective [07.05.2019] As the New Zealand government announces its plans for a cannabis referendum, a self-described “cannabis master” who grows and sells marijuana, provid ...
Government releases cannabis referendum details [07.05.2019] People will vote on a proposal for a legal cannabis market in 2020 with tightly controlled rules including special bars for consumption, special outl ...
Legalisation: the chance to right wrongs [01.03.2019] If New Zealand votes to legalise cannabis in 2020’s binding referendum, we will have a unique opportunity on our hands. Creating a licit market from ...
Tightly regulated framework likely for 2020 vote on cannabis [26.01.2019] The 2020 referendum to legalise cannabis looks likely to propose a tightly regulated framework, including strict rules on supply and possession, an a ...
Music festivals are offering to test the safety of people’s drugs, and police increasingly like the idea [04.01.2019] For a long time, authorities at festivals in Australia and elsewhere almost entirely focused on preventing people from taking drugs in the first plac ...
New Zealand embraces pill testing as Australian politicians resist [03.01.2019] As Australian politicians continue to rule out pill testing at music festivals, New Zealand appears to be embracing the controversial practice. The c ...
Police Minister Stuart Nash wants drug testing kits at all music festivals by next summer [02.01.2019] Police Minister Stuart Nash wants to see all New Zealand music festivals kitted out with drug testing kits by next summer. This has been welcomed by ...
Damning review of synthetics law [19.12.2018] The long-overdue review of the Psychoactive Substances Act paints a damning, but unsurprising, picture of the law’s failing. The Act was put in place ...
New Zealand to hold referendum on legalising recreational cannabis [18.12.2018] New Zealand will hold a referendum on whether to legalise cannabis for recreational use at the general election in 2020, a week after legalising cann ...
New Zealand passes laws to make medical marijuana widely available [11.12.2018] New Zealand’s government has passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time, after years of campa ...
Strong support for legalisation of cannabis, but question over how to do it remains [23.10.2018] There is strong support for legalising cannabis in New Zealand, although people are split about how exactly it should done. Massey University researc ...
Why some U.S. allies didn’t sign up for Trump’s pledge to fight drugs [24.09.2018] President Trump began his week at the UN General Assembly with an event seeking to prompt action against the global drug trade. “The call is simple,” ...
Trump kicks off UN general assembly with ‘problematic’ drug policy document [24.09.2018] Donald Trump has kicked off the 2018 United Nations General Assembly by announcing what experts have labelled a problematic agreement to tackle the w ...
Health Minister David Clark in favour of liberalising drug laws [31.07.2018] Health Minister David Clark is personally in favour of more liberal drug laws because prohibition has not worked in the past. But Clark would not com ...
Synthetic cannabis deaths spike in New Zealand, igniting legalisation debate [27.07.2018] The number of fatal overdoses from synthetic cannabis use has soared in New Zealand, going from two deaths in five years to 45 in 12 months. The emer ...
National cannabis bill would not allow any smoking [25.07.2018] National's medicinal cannabis bill would allow doctors to prescribe anyone medicinal cannabis – but not to smoke. It goes further than the Government ...
New poll shows big jump in support for cannabis reform, especially for medicinal use [24.07.2018] Public support for cannabis law reform has soared in the past year especially for medicinal use of cannabis, a poll commissioned by the New Zealand D ...
High hopes: Who will benefit from NZ's legal cannabis industry? [05.07.2018] In New Zealand, it’s Māori communities who have been hit by racial bias in drug policing. Even when accounting for rates of use, at every stage of th ...
Stop blaming banned drugs for the devastation caused by prohibition [07.06.2018] New Zealand was poised for drug reform in 2007 when the Law Commission was tasked to review the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. In 2011 after a four-year i ...
Medicinal cannabis policies and practices around the world [24.04.2018] Although cannabis remains a prohibited substance worldwide, in recent decades a series of political, legislative and judicial processes in various pa ...
Kava circles keeping young males away from alcohol and gangs, researcher says [22.03.2018] A narcotic beverage from the Pacific Islands is being used to counter prejudices about people who use drugs. "Kava is our culture. We lose kava, we l ...
How New Zealand laws contributed to a synthetic drug crisis [21.02.2018] Had things gone another way, the Psychoactive Substances Act (PSA) might be the grand pillar of Peter Dunne’s parliamentary legacy, a test case for t ...
Chloe Swarbrick's medicinal cannabis bill fails at first reading [31.01.2018] Green MP Chloe Swarbrick's medicinal cannabis bill has failed at its first reading. The bill lost 47 votes to 73, with both every National and NZ Fir ...
Government's cannabis plans include legal defence for terminal patients who use [20.12.2017] The Government will not be legalising the medicinal use of cannabis in New Zealand, but it will allow terminal patients caught growing cannabis to us ...
Another country is getting ready to vote on legalizing cannabis [20.10.2017] The newly-elected prime minister of New Zealand has said she wants a national discussion on legalizing cannabis. Jacinda Ardern said that she will wo ...
Wide support for decriminalisation of cannabis for personal use, poll suggests [15.08.2016] A new poll by the New Zealand Drug Foundation shows almost 65 per cent of New Zealanders want personal possession of cannabis decriminalised or made ...

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