Category Archives: Law Reform

All about prohibition (including arrest statistics) and alternative policy options such as members-only clubs, cannabis coffeeshops and cafes, grow local schemes and instant fines, and how you can help change the law.

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Druglawed filmmaker Arik Reiss visits Uruguay – Part 2

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… Read more »

Druglawed filmmaker Arik Reiss visits Uruguay – Part 1

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… 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 »

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

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… Read more »

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

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… Read more »

Sign the Rose Renton Petition for Medicinal Cannabis

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… Read more »

Patients can bring legally prescribed medicinal cannabis products into New Zealand

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… Read more »

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

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… Read more »