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

Cannabis Referendum Bill deserves your Yes vote. Here’s what it does and how we can make it even better.

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The NZ Government has released their draft Bill for the cannabis referendum. There is plenty to like about it. Here is what makes the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill more likely to win the referendum.

Cannabis referendum draft law welcomed, but a missed opportunity to put people before profits, says NORML

Cannabis reform organisation NORML has welcomed the release today of more details about the cannabis referendum and a draft bill, but says the Government has missed a huge opportunity to make the reforms more popular.

CHOISE model is designed to win the cannabis referendum.

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Now there is a model designed to win the referendum. It’s called CHOISE, and it puts opportunity, investment and social equity centre-stage. CHOISE is a version of cannabis legalisation where everyone wins – and that makes the referendum winnable. 

New Zealand Medicinal Cannabis Use Research Survey 2019

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The first NZ medicinal cannabis patient research survey was launched on J-Day this year, drawing immediate attention with over 1300 people accessing it in the first two weeks. The survey, which is online only, is sponsored by medicinal cannabis patient advocacy organisation MCANZ, and aims to have 2000 people complete the survey questionnaire by July 31st, when participation closes.

Recreational cannabis law changes – Expert Q&A – Science Media Centre

A promised referendum on recreational cannabis next year has raised questions on what a legal, regulated cannabis market might look like. The SMC asked experts to discuss how potential legislative changes might change the drugs market and impact everyday Kiwis.

NORML’s Submission on the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill

NORML New Zealand Inc supports the intention of this Bill, especially the provision mandating police discretion and directing a health-based approach. Our main concern is about granting a wide power for any Minister of Health to prohibit more substances or even “articles” and we recommend changing this. We also recommend directing police discretion and a healthcare-based approach before arrest, rather than at prosecution.

Cannabis Referendum Conference and NORML AGM – Wellington, 9-10 November 2018

Join us in Wellington this 9-10 November for the Cannabis Referendum Conference and NORML AGM double-header! Cannabis Referendum Conference Friday, 9 November 2018 from 08:30-18:00 James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor… Read more »

Pots for Patients – rally on Queen St, Auckland, Saturday 4th August

Rally and Art Installation calling for a Moratorium on Medicinal Cannabis Patients and their supporters until the Laws are altered. Decorate your terracotta pots commemorating patients denied safe access to… Read more »

Cross-party support needed on medicinal cannabis – response to Govt and National Party medicinal cannabis bills

With three bills before Parliament this year, medicinal cannabis advocates are calling for cross-party support for sensible solutions. Changes to the Government’s medicinal cannabis bill don’t go far enough, while the National… Read more »

Medicinal cannabis bill: Do what is best for patients, MPs urged.

The Government’s medicinal cannabis bill is back before parliament today – with MPs being urged to do what’s best for patients, not politics. Responding to reports the National Party intends to withdraw… Read more »

Cannabis referendum: Bring it on, says NORML

Cannabis campaigners have welcomed news today the Government is considering bringing forward the binding referendum on legalising cannabis to next year, 2019, rather than during the 2020 general election.  “Bring… Read more »