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  • 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 […]

  • The Media Should Stop Pretending Marijuana’s Risks Are a Mystery — The Science Is Clear

    posted on the December 20th, 2013 by Chris

    We now know as much about cannabis as we know about alcohol, tobacco and many prescription drugs. Speaking recently with the Los Angeles Times, UCLA professor and former Washington state “pot czar” Mark Kleiman implied that we as a society are largely ignorant when it comes to the subject of weed. Speaking with Times columnist Patt […]

  • Review of the National Drug Policy – submissions close 28 Feb 2014

    posted on the December 17th, 2013 by norml

    The Ministry of Health has announced on its website that submissions are now open for the review of the National Drug Policy. Download NORML’s submission to the New National Drug Policy here. The previous NDP expired in 2012. NORML’s Chris Fowlie was invited to take part in a “innovation session” in June 2013 to come […]

  • Cannabis and Health International Symposium in Auckland, 27-29 Nov 2013

    posted on the November 23rd, 2013 by Chris

    NORML is proud to support Through the Maze: Cannabis and Health International Drug Policy Symposium This 3-day conference will bring together some of the best minds about cannabis and health from around the world in Auckland, New Zealand 27-29 November 2013. NORML is sponsoring the event and will be there networking, lobbying as well as […]

  • Prof. David Nutt’s NZ speaking tour – Dec 2013

    posted on the November 16th, 2013 by Chris

    Professor David Nutt chaired the UK government advisory committee on drug policy until he was fired for “speaking truth to power”, for which he has been awarded the 2013 John Maddox Award for Standing up for Science. Prof Nutt is now the chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs. He will be speaking in […]

  • Marijuana campaign calls for better ways to measure cannabis impairment

    posted on the November 1st, 2013 by norml

    Current forms of drug testing do not measure impairment and better ways are needed, says NORML, New Zealand’s longest-running marijuana campaign group. There have been demands for compulsory random drug testing of tourism operators in the wake of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) inquiry into the January 2012 Carterton ballooning tragedy. “NORML has consistently promoted […]

  • The Truth About Zinc and Drug Tests

    posted on the September 30th, 2013 by norml

    The internet is teeming with claims regarding the use of zinc supplements as a strategy for thwarting drug tests. But is there any hard science to support these anecdotes? The answer is “yes” — and “no.” Check out our latest article on zinc supplements, in NORML’s Guide to Drug Testing https://norml.org.nz/rights/guide-to-drug-testing/the-truth-about-zinc-and-drug-tests/

  • Study: Marijuana smoking not associated with airway cancers, COPD, emphysema, or other tobacco-related pulmonary complications

    posted on the July 10th, 2013 by norml

    Last week we reported a new study that found cannabis reduces cravings for tobacco. It turns out pulmonary complications associated with the regular smoking of cannabis are “relatively small” and far lower than those associated with tobacco smoking, according to a recent review published in the June edition of the scientific journal Annals of the […]

  • Cannabis Compound Reduces Cigarette Consumption In Tobacco Smokers

    posted on the July 3rd, 2013 by Chris

    The inhalation of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) significantly mitigates tobacco smokers’ desire for cigarettes, according to clinical trial data published online in the journal Addictive Behaviors. Investigators at University College London conducted a double blind pilot study to assess the impact of the ad-hoc consumption of organic CBD versus placebo in 24 tobacco-smoking subjects […]

  • Second NZ study fails to find downside to cannabis use

    posted on the June 5th, 2013 by norml

    Two studies from New Zealand have failed to find the downside to cannabis use they were looking for – but don’t expect to see any coverage in our local media. Last month we revealed a new re-analysis of NZ data that, when it was first published, was widely reported as showing a lung cancer link […]

  • Is Your Mayor in the Marijuana Majority?

    posted on the May 23rd, 2013 by Chris

    by Erik Altieri & Chris Fowlie On TV3′s The Vote, New Zealanders voted 70-28 to decriminalise cannabis. While the show and poll are memorable for the overwhelming support shown for alternatives to prohibition, it was clear the opposing team were out of touch and none more so than Timaru’s mayor Janie Annear. Now, you can […]

  • Study: Regular Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Risk Factors For Type 2 Diabetes

    posted on the May 15th, 2013 by norml

    Smoking cannabis could reduce the risk of diabetes by controlling blood sugar Marijuana users had 16% lower fasting insulin levels than non-users They were also less likely to be insulin resistant and had smaller waists Previous research has found cannabis smokers are less likely to be obese   Study: Regular Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced […]

  • Study: No association between cannabis smoke and risk of lung cancer

    posted on the May 12th, 2013 by Chris

    A re-analysis of New Zealand data has confirmed cannabis is the safer choice, with pot smokers having no increased risk of lung cancer compared to non-smokers. Previous results were widely reported as showing an elevated risk of lung cancer. “That risk has disappeared now tobacco smokers have been removed”, said Chris Fowlie, spokesperson for the […]

  • NORML’s Chris Fowlie talks legalisation in Colorado and how it might apply to NZ, with Newstalk’s Jack Tame

    posted on the April 20th, 2013 by Chris

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/player/ondemand/948590092-world-cannabis-week-to-take-over-colorado World Cannabis Week to take over Colorado New Zealander Chris Fowlie researches cannabis use and cultivation, and he talks to Jack Tame in Colorado, where the drug is legal and celebrating that this weekend. Click to listen in external player or download the mp3 here

  • Study: Smoking Cannabis Associated With “Significantly Better” Health Outcomes Than Tobacco

    posted on the March 28th, 2013 by Chris

    Australian research has found cannabis users are just as healthy as non-users, but you probably didn’t see any coverage of this in the mainstream media. The key points are: Cannabis-only subjects reported “significantly better” general health and fewer smoking-related health concerns compared to the tobacco-only group. Cannabis-only subjects were less likely to report diagnoses of […]

  • New Zealand still the world’s top consumer of cannabis

    posted on the March 22nd, 2013 by Chris

    New Zealand and Australia have the highest rates of using cannabis in the world, according to the United Nation’s 2012 World Drug Report. In 2010 (the most recent year for which international data was available), marijuana consumption was most prevalent in Australia and New Zealand, with the United States and Canada tied for second, followed […]

  • Stroke risk caused by tobacco not cannabis

    posted on the February 5th, 2013 by norml

    Prohibitionists are grasping at straws by claiming that cannabis is linked to strokes, Norml president Julian Crawford says. In the Auckland University study, all but one of the stroke patients who were cannabis users also used tobacco regularly. According to the US National Stroke Association, “Smoking tobacco doubles the risk for stroke when compared to […]

  • Cannabis legalisation in US shows opportunity for NZ tourism

    posted on the November 18th, 2012 by norml

    Monday, 12 November 2012, 1:25 pm Press Release: NORML Norml New Zealand welcomes the legalisation of cannabis in the US states of Colorado and Washington and call for a similar law change here. Norml vice-president Abe Gray said many people choose to visit and immigrate to New Zealand especially because of the laid back kiwi […]

  • USA: Six States To Decide On Marijuana Measures On Election Day

    posted on the November 2nd, 2012 by norml

    Historic Propositions to Legalize Personal Use Amounts of Cannabis For All Adults Hold Double Digit Leads In Colorado and Washington Washington, DC: Millions of voters will decide on Election Day in favor of ballot measures to legalize and regulate the use of cannabis by adults. Voters in three states – Colorado, Oregon, and Washington – […]

  • Study: Synthetic Cannabinoids Produce Anti-Cancer Effects In Human Liver Cancer Cells

    posted on the October 12th, 2012 by Chris

    As the debate continues in New Zealand about regulating the availability of products containing synthetic cannabinoids, a new study has shown two particular compounds exhibit anti-cancer effects in human liver cancer cells. This report is from US NORML’s Paul Armentano. Thursday, 11 October 2012 Tehran, Iran: The administration of synthetic cannabinoid agonists reduce cell viability […]