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When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty!

Medical Cannabis Rally & March announced for Sat 22 April 2017 in response to Bill English’s oddly ignorant views

Bill English has shown how out of touch he is with the New Zealand population once again, spouting oddly ignorant views on medical cannabis. Despite a vast majority of Kiwis… Read more »

Chris Fowlie: Oh, to joyfully pee in Bill English’s cup!

New Zealand’s un-elected Prime Minister has taken a swipe at workers for refusing unfair and intrusive tests of their bodily fluids. We should all be lining up to joyfully pee… Read more »

Specialists to prescribe medicinal cannabis under Govt proposal

In response to sustained lobbying from patients and advocates including NORML, the NZ Government is changing the rules for medicinal cannabis so doctors can prescribe it direct to patients.  It’s… Read more »

Legal status of Cannabidiol (CBD)

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UPDATED FEBRUARY 2017 Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has announced Cannabidiol (CBD) will be “rescheduled” so that GPs and other doctors can prescribe it to patients without needing special approval…. Read more »

Health Select Committee inquiry into Rose Renton’s medicinal cannabis petition

Rose Renton’s medicinal cannabis petition has been referred to Parliament’s Health Select Committee.  By Chris Fowlie (NORML NZ) and Rosie Baird (GreenCross NZ) The petition was presented by Labour MP Damien… Read more »

Local body elections: NORML’s recommendations

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Opinion polls now show solid majorities supporting cannabis law reform, both for medicinal and adult use. Voters can make their views known at local body elections by asking questions and… Read more »

New UMR poll shows overwhelming support for medical cannabis law change, says NORML

A new poll conducted for cannabis campaigners shows New Zealanders want the law changed now, says NORML.  “What may be surprising to some is that most people want herbal cannabis… Read more »

Sign the Rose Renton Petition for Medicinal Cannabis

Kiwis urgently need safe legal access to affordable high quality medicinal cannabis. Rose Renton, mother of Alex Renton and cannabis law reform campaigner, has launched a petition that is backed… Read more »

NORML presents the 25th Annual J Day – Sat 7 May 2016 – everywhere

J Day is an international celebration of cannabis culture and protest against pot prohibition. It’s the original “protestival”, now in our 25th year! This year, 2016, also marks 40 years… Read more »

Patients can bring legally prescribed medicinal cannabis products into New Zealand

For over 20 years NORML has been advising patients who could afford it to get medicinal cannabis prescribed overseas and bring it back legally. The Misuse of Drugs Act allows… Read more »

NORML Offers Qualified Support for Binding Referendum on Medicinal Cannabis – But Would Prefer Government Acts Now

New Zealand’s oldest cannabis law reform group has offered qualified support for Helen Kelly’s proposal for a binding referendum on medicinal cannabis. Cannabis is useful for treating a wide variety… Read more »

Chris Fowlie on The Daily Blog – Even one cannabis arrest is one too many

Originally published on The Daily Blog, 23 July 2015 I’m either stupid or in denial, because apparently the police have already decriminalised weed.  That’s according to an article in the latest… Read more »

Chris Fowlie on The Daily Blog: Healthy hemp foods kept off shelf by Oz cop roadblock

Originally published on The Daily Blog 8 July 2015 Australian police have convinced politicians to extend the ban on one of most nutritious food sources known, because of concerns about… Read more »

Chris Fowlie on The Daily Blog: One of many punished and not supported

Originally published on The Daily Blog, 25 June 2015 This Friday 26 June is global “Support, don’t punish” day, which aims to focus attention on the harmful aspects of criminal drug laws… Read more »

Chris Fowlie on The Daily Blog: Compassionate approach plants seed for medical cannabis

Originally published on The Daily Blog, 11 June 2015 Medical cannabis hit the news big time this week, with the Prime Minister John Key hoping to shut down any prospect of a… Read more »