Items tagged with new zealand

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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 ...
How legalizing marijuana might stave off 'Spice' epidemics [04.08.2016] K2 overdoses in Brooklyn sent 33 people to hospital. The rise of K2 could be fueled by a twist on the "gateway drug" theory: it’s not marijuana use, ...
Government could make $150 million annually from taxing cannabis [20.07.2016] Decriminalising cannabis would generate money for the Government and ease pressure on New Zealand's courts according to an informal Treasury report. ...
New Zealand's 'cannabis crisis': smokers confirm chronic shortage [17.03.2016] New Zealand suffers from a chronic shortage of marijuana. The “catastrophic” situation was first reported on by Don Rowe, a staff writer at The Spino...
How dangerous synthetic cannabis became Britain's most popular new legal high [31.05.2014] The influx of legal, synthetic forms of cannabis that can be more potent and dangerous than the natural, illegal drug exposes Britain's "utterly ridi...
New Zealand’s bold experiment with regulating recreational drugs [07.10.2013] One country is trying a new approach. For the first time in history, New Zealand has created a regulatory body to oversee recreational drugs. Passed ...
New Zealand’s psychoactive substances legislation [31.08.2013] On 11 July 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Psychoactive Substances Act. The legislation enacted a new legal framework for the testing, ma...
Legal highs flooding UK pose immense overdose risk, warns drugs tsar [15.05.2013] The chief drugs adviser to the government has given his strongest warning yet on legal highs in Britain, saying there are now more than 200 synthetic...
U.N. development chief flags failings of "war on drugs" [14.03.2013] There is increasing evidence that the war on drugs has failed, with criminalization often creating more problems than it solves, said Helen Clark, th...
Kiwis on drugs: a blueprint for the future? [27.02.2013] This week New Zealand publishes its Psychoactive Substances Bill, legislation which some believe will transform the international debate on drugs pol...
Towards a Safer Drug Policy [14.01.2013] For forty years the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 has formed the corner stone of drug policy in Britain. The emergence of new psychoactive substances (‘le...
'Revolutionary' legal high law means state regulated drug market [27.07.2012] Kronic-style drugs are expected back on the shelves under the new legal high law being crafted by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne. Experts say ...
Controlling and Regulating Drugs [03.05.2011] The New Zealand Law Commission was asked to address the efficacy of the Misuse of Drugs Act in reducing the demand for, and supply of, drugs prohibit...
Drug Law Reform: Lessons from the New Zealand Experience [19.08.2010] In 2007, the Government of New Zealand entrusted an independent agency, the National Law Commission, to review the country’s drug law. The Commission...

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