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

    posted on the October 27th, 2016 by Chris

    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 O’Connor on 12 October. The Health Select Committee will hold an inquiry into the issues raised. One of the most important things that you can […]

  • NORML AGM Sat 19 November 2016

    posted on the October 1st, 2016 by Chris

    The Annual General Meeting of NORML New Zealand Inc (1980) will be held from 11am-1pm on Saturday 19 November 2016, at The Hempstore, 253 Karangahape Road, Auckland. [map] The agenda reflects NORML’s evolving role to be an “enabler” of cannabis law reform. We don’t aim to do everything ourselves. We help others do the good work […]

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

    posted on the August 29th, 2016 by Chris

    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 sold at health food stores for therapeutic purposes, alongside the Marjoram,” said Chris Fowlie, spokesperson for the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws […]

  • Cannabis utensils law review – have your say to legalise pipes and bongs

    posted on the August 3rd, 2016 by norml

    Submissions are open now – get yours in by Tuesday, 20 September 2016. Good news! The law banning the importation and sale of harm-reducing cannabis pipes, bongs and vaporisers may be changed.  In a new discussion document, the NZ Ministry of Health has noted that drug issues are “health matters that need to be addressed proportionately, compassionately and […]

  • Druglawed filmmaker Arik Reiss visits Uruguay – Part 2

    posted on the July 28th, 2016 by norml

    NORML is proud to sponsor the “Druglawed” documentary series. At the start of 2016, Druglawed director Arik Reiss traveled from New Zealand to Uruguay to obtain footage for the next installment of Druglawed, specifically to interview the former President José Mujica, who advocated for the legalisation of cannabis. In 2013 Mujica signed these reforms into law, making Uruguay […]

  • Medical Cannabis “review” has failed to protect patients says NORML

    posted on the May 20th, 2016 by norml

    The government’s so-called review of the medicinal cannabis access guidelines has failed to protect patients. “These very minor changes will only help a few people, and even these seriously ill people will need to jump through quite a few hoops to have any chance of approval,” said Chris Fowlie, spokesperson for the National Organisation for […]

  • It’s 420 Day: NORML presents the Medical Cannabis rally and march this Saturday 23rd April, and J Day on Saturday 7th May 2016.

    posted on the April 20th, 2016 by norml

    April 20 is known as “420 Day” in the cannabis community. It is a day to celebrate the plant, including its medicinal and sacramental properties, and raise awareness of calls for law reform. All around the world, including here in New Zealand, there will be random acts of civil disobedience at 4:20pm. NORML New Zealand […]

  • The Medical Cannabis March – Sat 23rd April 2016 – Aotea Sq Auckland

    posted on the April 14th, 2016 by norml

    Make medical cannabis legal now! Join us at this rally and protest march, calling for safe legal access to affordable, quality medicinal cannabis. A health issue should not be a crime. Make it legal now! The Medical Cannabis March Facebook page Three reasons to join us on The Medical March, Sat 23rd April: 1. New […]

  • Sign the Rose Renton Petition for Medicinal Cannabis

    posted on the March 22nd, 2016 by Chris

    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 by NORML and other NZ law reform groups. Download the petition here or right-click the image below, save to your computer, and print it out. […]

  • Patients can bring legally prescribed medicinal cannabis products into New Zealand

    posted on the March 11th, 2016 by Chris

    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 any patient traveling to bring with them a personal supply of ANY prescribed drug. All countries have similar clauses, so that, for example, someone from […]

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

    posted on the January 15th, 2016 by Chris

    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 of conditions including pain, nausea, inflammation, cancer, epilepsy and diabetes, and according to Government statistics may be used medically by as many as two hundred thousand […]

  • Grow pot? Please do this anonymous survey

    posted on the December 15th, 2015 by Chris

    Courts, police, prosecutors, the media and the general public often have highly unrealistic views of cannabis growers, their motives, how much they produce, and how it is sold. This often means cannabis growers are charged (and convicted) for excessive amounts and inflated values. Now you can help. If you have ever grown cannabis in New […]

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

    posted on the July 23rd, 2015 by Chris

    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 issue of Salient, which says “Fowlie focusses on the noise and misses the signal” in a recent post I made here on The Daily Blog. Maybe […]

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

    posted on the June 11th, 2015 by Chris

    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 parliamentary debate, called for by Labour leader Andrew Little, Green Co-Leader Metiria Turei and CTU leader (and cancer patient) Helen Kelly among others. Yet the number of people using […]

  • NORML, Peter Dunne and Family First all agree patients should have more access to effective medicinal cannabis. The question is How?

    posted on the May 13th, 2015 by Chris

    Instead of wasting time and money on years of pharmaceutical-level testing, NORML says we should follow the Australian approach, treat it as a herbal remedy, and immediately allow compassionate access. A TVNZ poll last weekend showed an increase in support for medicinal cannabis, and Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne said if medicinal cannabis is effective, he will […]

  • NORML and Family First agree NZ’s medicinal cannabis policies need to change

    posted on the May 12th, 2015 by Chris

    NORML is pleased to note that the conservative group Family First is calling for reforms to our outdated policies around medicinal cannabis. In their recent press release, Family First says they are now calling for: the expansion of research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms. (Supported by NZMA) the establishment […]

  • Chris Fowlie on The Daily Blog: Let’s have an honest discussion on medicinal cannabis

    posted on the April 16th, 2015 by Chris

    Originally published on The Daily Blog, 16 April 2015 Safer than aspirin[1], or a sneaky ruse to legalise the devil’s weed? Patients and health professionals say cannabis may be a “wonder drug[2]” that relieves conditions from back pain and nausea to fibromyalgia, cancer[3] and epilepsy. But not according to our Ministry of Health. The only […]

  • Petition to Decriminalise Medicinal Cannabis

    posted on the February 11th, 2015 by norml

    “Decriminalise the use of medicinal cannabis in its raw form.” Click here to sign this petition at Avaaz.org New Zealand patients need safe legal access to medicinal cannabis Find out more about medicinal cannabis Download or read NORML’s leaflet about Medical Cannabis [PDF] Why this is important The use of cannabis for medical purposes, is […]

  • NZ Herald poll: majority want cannabis made legal or decriminalised

    posted on the June 28th, 2014 by norml

    A New Zealand Herald poll confirms increasing support for cannabis law reform. The poll follows New Zealand’s experiment with legally regulating Psychoactive Substances, widespread media coverage of medicinal cannabis, and increased awareness of law reform overseas including in Colorado, Washington, and Uruguay. The Herald poll shows a majority of voters want to see cannabis either […]

  • Obama Acknowledges Cannabis To Be Less Harmful Than Booze

    posted on the January 24th, 2014 by norml

    Washington, DC: Consuming cannabis is less harmful to the individual than is drinking alcohol, US President Barack Obama acknowledged this week in an interview with The New Yorker. Responding to questions regarding the public’s growing support in favor of legalizing the plant, the President stated: “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a […]