Category Archives: For Media & Students

Press releases, key facts and other information, collated by NORML for use by the media.

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 »

NORML welcomes The Opportunities Party ‘real deal’ cannabis policy

The Opportunities Party releases cannabis reform policy NORML welcomes the release of The Opportunities Party’s “real deal” cannabis policy and says TOP have upped the ante for other parties to… Read more »

J Day this Saturday 6 May, nationwide cannabis law reform events

Cannabis law reform supporters and advocates will gather for nationwide events on ‘J Day’ this Saturday 6th May, 2017.  J Day is a worldwide protest against prohibition and a celebration… Read more »

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 »

Dunne’s medicinal cannabis list will not help patients, says NORML

Dunne’s latest announcement will make little difference to patients and is merely a smokescreen to hide the Government’s lack of action, says NORML. In a press release, Peter Dunne is trumpeting… Read more »

Help medicinal cannabis advocates attend the N.I. GP Conference this June

Auckland NORML is fundraising to help medicinal cannabis advocates have a stall and professional presence at the North Island G.P. CME Conference, held in Rotorua on 10-12 June 2017.  GP’s… Read more »

Changes to medicinal cannabis rules will make little difference, says NORML

The NZ Government has announced changes to the rules around medicinal cannabis – but what do they really mean? The changes announced by the Government today will do little to… 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 »

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

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. … Read more »

Medical Cannabis “review” has failed to protect patients says 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… Read more »

Labour will legalise medicinal cannabis “in first 100 days”, open to wider decriminalisation

The New Zealand Labour Party have confirmed they will make medicinal cannabis legal within their “first 100 days” of forming a government, and although less supportive than the Green Party… Read more »

National Day of Action for Cannabis Law Reform

NORML presents J Day: Nationwide cannabis protests this Saturday 7th May 2016

The 25th Annual J Day is on Saturday 7th May, nationwide. J Day is held on the first Saturday in May, in over 200 cities around the world, until the… Read more »