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NORML’s Position on ‘legal highs’ and the Psychoactive Substances Act


NORML supports the intention of the Psychoactive Substances Act It should be widened to cover all low-risk drugs including cannabis Legalising and regulating cannabis is the most effective way of closing down the market for synthetic cannabis The idea of legalising and regulating low risk drugs instead of trying to ban them is one that […]

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Norml News online


Latest issue: Previous issues: Winter/Spring 2010 Autumn 2010 Summer 2010 Spring 2009 Winter 2009 Autumn 2009 Summer 2009 Spring 2008 Autumn 2008 Summer 2008 Winter 2007 Autumn 2007 Summer 2007 Winter/Spring 2006 Autumn 2006 Summer 2006 Winter 2005     What happened to Norml News magazine? Unfortunately printing them became a substantial burden on NORML and […]

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Download archive


NORML’s download archive contains research reports, government papers, submissions, as well as NORML’s own forms, graphics and leaflets. NORML New Zealand (Inc.) forms, leaflet and graphics Guide: How to form a NORML branch 55k Application: NORML membership form 81k Leaflet: Regulate and Tax Cannabis 2012 Leaflet: Medical Cannabis 2012 Leaflet: Too Many Smokers To Arrest […]

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Blog


NORML’s press releases are collated here. Media: please contact our spokespeople (Phil Saxby and Chris Fowlie) for comments or more information.

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How you can help


We are 400,000 strong and we will change the law! Here is how you can help: Don’t act alone. Form a local NORML support group – unity is strength. Facebook it. Decide who will “go public” Support those who do (donate/grow some stuff for them!) Find out about the Law Commission review of the Misuse […]

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Contesting a cannabis charge – what you need to know


Help yourself – not the law The most important thing is to know your rights and understand the law. If you’ve made the choice to use cannabis, you should understand how the law works so you can minimise any negative consequences of arrest, prosecution and/or incarceration. First, take a few minutes right now to read […]

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Drug Testing


NEW! NORML presents an impairment-measuring iPhone App! Dear NORML Friends, Walk or Drive is the new name for our CheckPlusBalance iPhone impairment-measuring app. We still help you decide whether or not to drive based upon objective evidence-based testing. Although sensitive to marijuana, it is sensitive generally to any impairing influence. We measure memory, balance, time perception, […]

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Medicinal Cannabis


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New Zealand patients need safe legal access to medicinal cannabis Download or read NORML’s leaflet about Medical Cannabis [PDF] The cannabis plant has been part of humanity’s medicine chest for almost as long as history has been recorded. Hundreds of recent studies validate the therapeutic use of cannabis and cannabinoids. Of all the negative consequences […]

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POLLS SHOW MOST NEW ZEALANDERS WANT CANNABIS LAW REFORM

Support for cannabis law reform continues to increase. A Herald poll from June 2014 shows most people want cannabis made legal or decriminalised – including 45% of National Party voters. This follows a Campbell Live poll of viewers that found 84% wanted to end cannabis prohibition.

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NORML’s POSITION ON LEGAL HIGHS

NORML supports the intention of the Psychoactive Substances Act to regulate the controlled availability of low-risk drugs, but it should be widened to include cannabis. Allowing natural cannabis is the most effective way of closing down the market for more risky synthetic substitutes. [Read more][Sign our petition]


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Cannabis is the third most popular recreational drug in New Zealand (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 2 million Kiwis. According to government surveys, around 540,000 New Zealanders smoke pot regularly, while 70,000 light up every day despite harsh laws against its use. Our public policies should reflect this reality, not deny it. NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalise the responsible use of cannabis by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality cannabis that is safe, convenient and affordable.


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Join our campaign

NORML has adopted three campaign themes that have widespread support:

  • Cannabis should be a Health Issue, not a Crime!
    (focus resources on problematic abuse. Let the police focus on crime that matters)
  • Allow Safe Legal Access to Medicine
    (access to medicinal cannabis, similar to 18 states in the USA, Israel, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Canada etc)
  • A Regulated, Taxable Market for Low-Risk Drugs Such As Cannabis
    (access to low-risk drugs like cannabis should be regulated via an adults-only, taxable market similar to that in the Netherlands, or the way alcohol is regulated here)

There are too many smokers to arrest. It’s time to stop this racist,discriminatory “War on Drugs”. It’s time:–

  • for cannabis to be allowed as safe, legal medicine
  • for a regulated, adults-only, taxable market for low risk drugs, including cannabis.

The so-called “War on Drugs” is really a war on people. It divides communities and families. For 40 years, politicians have exploited this war as a vote-getter, but who are they kidding?

  • New Zealand now has the highest arrest rate in the world for cannabis “crimes”, yet despite this,
  • New Zealand now has, along with Australia, the highest teenage cannabis use rate in the world!

The “War on Drugs” has caused the deaths of many innocent people in NZ and elsewhere. The cost is huge – it is estimated the American taxpayer has paid one trillion dollars to fight this war. To what good effect? Stop the “War on Drugs” now!

It’s a Health Issue, Not a Crime

Ten years ago (in 2000) Portugal decriminalised all personal drug use. Drug deaths in  Portugal went down 27%, the feared “drug tourism” did not happen, and teenage drug use has actually decreased. The new policy now has general support across all political parties.

  • Drug users are not treated as criminals
  • Those with drug problems receive treatment, not jail terms!

Why not New Zealand?

Medicinal Access

The New Zealand Law Commission says clinical trials should begin and Police should leave medicinal users of cannabis alone… Natural cannabis (plant material) is now officially accepted as a medicine by 18 of the states in the USA as well as many other countries including Canada, Israel, Germany and the Netherlands.

Why not New Zealand?

Prohibition: a Failed Experiment

In 2010, Californians almost voted for a regulated, adults-only, taxable market.  In 2012 that became a reality for Colorado and Washington, both of which legalised and regulated cannabis in a similar way to alcohol. The NZ Law Commission says prohibition should be a “last resort”… Prohibition is an expensive, failed, policy experiment whose burden falls mostly on the young, the poor and Maori.

Why not change?

Help us end prohibition now!

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