Cannabis referendum draft law welcomed, but a missed opportunity to put people before profits, says NORML

Cannabis reform organisation NORML has welcomed the release today of more details about the cannabis referendum and a draft bill, but says the Government has missed a huge opportunity to make the reforms more popular.

Science will save cannabis referendum from Reefer Madness

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has asked the Chief Science Advisor to gather a panel of experts and run an information campaign, to finally dispel the cannabis misinformation spread by the likes of Family First and the Hawkesby-Hoskings propaganda machine.

New Zealand Medicinal Cannabis Use Research Survey 2019

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The first NZ medicinal cannabis patient research survey was launched on J-Day this year, drawing immediate attention with over 1300 people accessing it in the first two weeks. The survey, which is online only, is sponsored by medicinal cannabis patient advocacy organisation MCANZ, and aims to have 2000 people complete the survey questionnaire by July 31st, when participation closes.

Polls show how to win the cannabis referendum: social equity, social enterprise and social clubs

According to two polls this week, the cannabis referendum is in serious trouble. But they also provide clues for how to win. A model based on social equity, social enterprises and social clubs could be what it takes to win the cannabis referendum.

Recreational cannabis law changes – Expert Q&A – Science Media Centre

A promised referendum on recreational cannabis next year has raised questions on what a legal, regulated cannabis market might look like. The SMC asked experts to discuss how potential legislative changes might change the drugs market and impact everyday Kiwis.

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Latest Science Debunks Claim That Cannabis Significantly Harms Brain

Claims that cannabis use is associated with lower cognitive functioning are largely based upon the findings of a single longitudinal study. The “true effect [of cannabis exposure] could be zero.”

NORML’s Submission on the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill

NORML New Zealand Inc supports the intention of this Bill, especially the provision mandating police discretion and directing a health-based approach. Our main concern is about granting a wide power for any Minister of Health to prohibit more substances or even “articles” and we recommend changing this. We also recommend directing police discretion and a healthcare-based approach before arrest, rather than at prosecution.

How Patients Could Access Medicinal Cannabis by Christmas

These ten fixes can all be done this year though regulations or updates to policy, with no law change needed. I want New Zealand to be a world leader in medicinal cannabis, and for patients to have legal access by Christmas this year. Let’s do it!