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New date for J Day in Auckland: Sat 2 Dec 2023
UPDATE: AUCKLAND J DAY WAS POSTPONED. THE NEW DATE HAS NOW BEEN CONFIRMED AS SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER 2023 - STILL IN ALBERT PARK, HIGH NOON TO 4:20
Changes coming to NZ’s Medicinal Cannabis Scheme
NORML has obtained a copy of changes to the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme proposed by New Zealand's Ministry of Health. These changes appear to have already had sign-off from the top…
SIGN THE PETITION: Pardon cannabis offences and decriminalise cannabis
We call on the New Zealand Government to overturn cannabis possession and use charges, pardon and apologise to those convicted, and decriminalise cannabis possession and use.
Pardon Kiwi cannabis convicts? Yes, we can.
While Americans convicted for possessing pot will soon be pardoned, some local politicians have already stubbed out the roach here, citing the 2020 cannabis referendum result. Yet there remains a…
Auckland mayoral contest: tough choice for progressive voters
As voting packs arrive in the mail, progressive voters in Auckland now face a tough choice in the contest for Mayor: should they hold their nose and vote for socially…
Should politicians be drug tested?
As long as workers are tested for drugs they may do in their own time, should politicians be tested too?
Ministry of Health reviewing the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme: here’s what works, what went wrong and how we can fix it
Last week, as New Zealand’s Medicinal Cannabis Scheme was labelled “unworkable” and the Ministry of Health finally confirmed a review of the scheme was imminent, I did two things that…
NORML presents the 30th Annual J Day on Saturday May 7, 2022.
Show your support for cannabis law reform and come to J Day, a free annual community event celebrating Aotearoa's Kiwi cannabis culture and protesting against prohibition.
New drug-driving law ignores science, targets poor
The effects of a new drug-driving law passed by Parliament yesterday, which ignores the science around testing for impairment, will be felt mostly by the poor and already oppressed.
Cannabis year in review: the referendum’s long shadow
For the second year of the zombie apocalypse, covid cast a long shadow over everything, the referendum left us in a hazy brain fog and the government wished cannabis would…
Nonsense brewing over drug driving bill
A bill aiming to curb impaired driving has been derailed and will now criminalise thousands of non-impaired drivers, especially cannabis users.
One year on from the cannabis referendum: The forgotten 48%
This weekend the Labour Party held their annual conference. It’s also one year since the announcement of the results of their cannabis referendum, in which a forgotten 48 per cent…
NORML’s advice to BPAC for medicinal cannabis information provided to health professionals
The Ministry of Health and BPAC (Best Practise Advisory Group) have together released a draft guide for doctors and other prescribers about medicinal cannabis, and invited feedback on the draft.…
Does medical cannabis need a supermarket-style intervention?
The Government’s medical cannabis scheme is now in full effect, but strict rules have taken away products that are used by thousands of patients, letting billionaires corner the market and…
Police persecute medicinal cannabis suppliers – this isn’t the kindness or reform we were promised!
Police have been under fire for raiding and prosecuting people using and producing medicinal cannabis products – but the blame lies squarely with politicians writing bad laws.
10 years ago: the Law Commission said repeal the Misuse of Drugs Act
Ten years ago this week, the New Zealand Law Commission recommended repealing the Misuse of Drugs Act, and replacing it with a new Act administered by the Ministry of Health.…
Most people agree: Repeal prohibition
Legalise, decriminalise or medicalise? There’s one thing almost everyone can agree on: the current law has failed and should be repealed.
NORML’s Submission on the Land Transport (Drug Driving) Bill
NORML supports the intention to make driving safer and to remove impaired drivers from our roads. But we remain concerned about the reliability, intrusiveness, accuracy, and scope of oral swabs.
Show your support at J Day, Sat 1 May 2021
The campaign for sensible and fair cannabis laws in Aotearoa is not over. Show your support and come to J Day, on Saturday the 1st of May, a free annual…
Cannabis referendum’s razor-thin result shows mandate for change
The final results of the cannabis referendum have been released. Yes received 1,406,973 votes (48.4%) , compared to 1,474,635 votes for No (50.7%). The difference was just 67,662 votes.