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  • Regulate cannabis like alcohol, says reform group

    posted on the March 11th, 2013 by Chris

    New Zealand should regulate cannabis like alcohol and save at least $300 million per year, says the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, New Zealand Inc (NORML). At its weekend conference at Tokaanu, delegates elected Chris Fowlie of Auckland as President, and Phil Saxby of Wellington as Secretary. Chris Fowlie was previously President […]

  • 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 […]

  • Ban on Low Risk Drugs should be Temporary, says NORML

    posted on the August 2nd, 2011 by Phil

    Drug law reform organisation NORML says the government’s temporary ban on synthetic cannabis provides time for proper consideration of the Law Commission’s report issued in May. “Low risk drugs like cannabis and party pills should be regulated, not banned”, says Acting President Phil Saxby. “The huge popularity of party pills before they were banned is […]

  • Amputee’s arrest poor use of police time

    posted on the July 11th, 2011 by Phil

    GreenCross facilitator and medical cannabis user Billy McKee has been arrested and is facing four charges of supplying cannabis, and one charge of cultivation, despite a recent recommendation from the Law Commission that Police should not prosecute medical users. UPDATE! NZ Police are now trying to “close down” the Greencross website, claiming Billy McKee “used […]

  • Law Commission report: Driving Problems Underground is not the Answer

    posted on the May 4th, 2011 by Phil

    Drug law reform organisation NORML says the Law Commission’s report issued today is still within the prohibition mindset, even though it contains some good recommendations. Banning more substances, as proposed, will only drive problems underground, says Acting President Phil Saxby. “The Commission accepts that NZ should shift the focus towards health solutions and away from […]

  • Law Commission report agrees: “Too Many Smokers to Arrest!”

    posted on the May 3rd, 2011 by Phil

    Drug Law Reform organisation NORML finds some recognition from the Law Commission of its current slogan, “Too many smokers to arrest!” “The Law Commission says 400,000 Kiwis use cannabis each year (14.7% of adults), which supports our campaign theme of “Too many smokers to arrest,” says NORML Acting President Phil Saxby. The Law Commission argues […]