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.

Medicinal cannabis Bill a step in the right direction, but a patient-focused approach would go further

Medicinal cannabis advocates say patients will be both pleased and disappointed with the Bill introduced today by Health Minister David Clark. “The Bill is a huge step in the right… Read more »

Medicinal cannabis: good news, bad news

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By Chris Fowlie. Originally published on The Daily Blog, 14 Dec 2017. Good news! The Labour-led Government will introduce legislation to “legalise medicinal cannabis”, this side of Christmas. Bad news! Based on early… Read more »

When it comes to legalising medicinal cannabis, what would Helen Kelly do?

The Labour Government says it will introduce legislation within 100 days to legalise medicinal cannabis, but what does that actually mean, and would Helen Kelly approve? By Chris Fowlie –… Read more »

Cannabis Armistice: 90 Years of Cannabis Prohibition – Sat 11 Nov 2017

Join our call for a moratorium on further arrests, as we commemorate the ninetieth anniversary of cannabis prohibition, this Armistice Day Saturday 11 November 2017. Cannabis Armistice Rally – Saturday 11… Read more »

Police prosecuting “Green Fairies” who provide medicinal cannabis

New Zealand police have busted at least three “Green Fairies” – providers of medicinal cannabis to patients who need it, often for little or no charge – including well known… Read more »

#TokeTheVote: NORML NZ’s Guide to Political Party Cannabis Policies for the 2017 Election

NORML’s 2017 #TokeTheVote guide to political party cannabis policies or likely support. Cannabis is well and truly an election issue. For the first time ever, most parties now have written… Read more »

Poll shows growing support for cannabis law reform

The  New Zealand Drug Foundation’s 2017 poll confirms the trend for increasing support for cannabis law reform.  The poll was conducted by National Party pollsters Curia and shows even 60… Read more »

Cannabidiol to remain a controlled drug: here’s what is changing

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has announced Cannabidiol (CBD) will remain a controlled drug with restrictions expected to be lifted in September so that GPs and other doctors can prescribe CBD to patients without needing special approval…. Read more »

Study: No Increase In Problematic Cannabis Use By Young People Following Changes In Marijuana’s Legal Status

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director. Yet another study has once again affirmed that the regulation of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes is not associated with increases in problematic… Read more »

Dr Geoff Noller: Cannabis policy too important to be left to the politicians?

This article by NORML board member Dr Geoff Noller was first published on Stuff.co.nz as part of their series “What if cannabis was legal?” Cannabis policy: Too important to be… Read more »

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 AUGUST 2017 This is a step forward – but just a small step. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has announced Cannabidiol (CBD) will remain a controlled drug with restrictions expected… 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 »