NORML New Zealand (Inc) is a non-profit incorporated society that was formed in New Zealand in 1979. Our 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.
So what have we achieved so far?
- Changes in public opinion are huge: we now have around 80% support for medicinal use, and around 60% public support for general use/access.
- Health Select Committee reports (1999 & 2003) and the 2011 report of the Law Commission on the Misuse of Drugs Act (MODA). 114 recommendations in the second report adopted as Labour-Green policy.
- Sativex approved – first such approval in 60 years of prohibition.
- Hemp legalised (2004).
- Relevant Minister approves use of natural cannabis medicine for sick child (Alex Renton, 2015). First time in 40 years.
- PSA passed (2013), based on the principle that its preferable to regulate low-risk drugs instead of trying to ban them. 119 MPs voted in favour.
- Arrests down almost 50% from the highs of the 90’s
- Government adopts new National Drug Policy (2015), formally based on the principles of compassion, proportion and innovation: Minister says prohibition is “an abject failure”.