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NORML’s guide to making an effective submission on the 2018 Medicinal Cannabis Bill

Parliament’s Health Select Committee is accepting submissions on the Government’s Medicinal Cannabis Amendment Bill. Submissions are being accepted now until March 21. >> Download this guide as a handy 2-page… Read more »

Submissions now open on Medicinal Cannabis Bill (deadline 21 March 2018)

Parliament unanimously passed the Government’s Medicinal Cannabis Amendment Bill, and the Health Select Committee has wasted no time in opening submissions from the public. NORML will be writing a submission… Read more »

Action alert: Medicinal cannabis reform in NZ is on the line this week – your voice is needed.

What’s happening: The first vote on Green MP Chloe Swarbrick’s medicinal cannabis bill is on Wed, Jan 31st. It’s going to be a conscience vote, meaning MPs can vote on their personal… Read more »

Medicinal cannabis Bill a step in the right direction, but a patient-focused approach would go further

Medicinal cannabis advocates say patients will be both pleased and disappointed with the Bill introduced today by Health Minister David Clark. “The Bill is a huge step in the right… Read more »

Cannabis Armistice: 90 Years of Cannabis Prohibition – Sat 11 Nov 2017

Join our call for a moratorium on further arrests, as we commemorate the ninetieth anniversary of cannabis prohibition, this Armistice Day Saturday 11 November 2017. Cannabis Armistice Rally – Saturday 11… Read more »

Police prosecuting “Green Fairies” who provide medicinal cannabis

New Zealand police have busted at least three “Green Fairies” – providers of medicinal cannabis to patients who need it, often for little or no charge – including well known… Read more »

#TokeTheVote: NORML NZ’s Guide to Political Party Cannabis Policies for the 2017 Election

NORML’s 2017 #TokeTheVote guide to political party cannabis policies or likely support. Cannabis is well and truly an election issue. For the first time ever, most parties now have written… Read more »

Medical Cannabis March – the election special! Queen St, Sat 2 Sept 2017

MEDIA RELEASE THURS 31/08/2017 FROM NORML NEW ZEALAND INC & AUCKLAND PATIENTS GROUP Patients, caregivers and supporters of safe legal access to natural affordable cannabis will march down Queen Street… Read more »

Poll shows growing support for cannabis law reform

The  New Zealand Drug Foundation’s 2017 poll confirms the trend for increasing support for cannabis law reform.  The poll was conducted by National Party pollsters Curia and shows even 60… Read more »

Medical Cannabis Queen St Rally and March – Sat 2 Sept.

Medical Cannabis Rally and March – Election Special Aotea Square, Queen St, CBD, Auckland Saturday 2 September 2017 12:00pm – 2:00pm NORML and Auckland Patient’s Group presents the 5th Queen Street… Read more »

“It’s Jacinda over Bill” say organisers of medical cannabis rally – this Saturday 5th August in Auckland

Prospects for cannabis law reform are better under Jacinda Ardern, say organisers of a rally in support of medical cannabis. This Saturday NORML and Auckland Patients Group will rally to support safe… Read more »

Medical Cannabis Rally Sat 5 August 2017 – Queen Street Auckland

NORML and Auckland Patient’s Group presents their 4th Queen Street RALLY for medical cannabis. SATURDAY 5TH AUGUST 2017, NOON TO 2PM. QUEEN STREET, AUCKLAND – OPP. AOTEA SQUARE – CNR… Read more »

Study: No Increase In Problematic Cannabis Use By Young People Following Changes In Marijuana’s Legal Status

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director. Yet another study has once again affirmed that the regulation of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes is not associated with increases in problematic… Read more »

Dr Geoff Noller: Cannabis policy too important to be left to the politicians?

This article by NORML board member Dr Geoff Noller was first published on as part of their series “What if cannabis was legal?” Cannabis policy: Too important to be… Read more »

Medical Cannabis Rally and Vigils: Saturday 1st July, 2017

Medical cannabis advocates and supporters will rally this Saturday 1st July, in several nationwide events. The rallies will include patients, caregivers and medical professionals as well as their supporters. Auckland medical… Read more »

Julie Anne Genter’s grow-your-own medical marijuana Bill drawn from ballot

Green MP Julie Anne Genter’s medical cannabis private member’s bill has been drawn from the ballot and will be debated in Parliament. The purpose of this bill is to make… Read more »