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

    posted on the April 20th, 2016 by norml

    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 for law reform. All around the world, including here in New Zealand, there will be random acts of civil disobedience at 4:20pm. NORML New Zealand […]

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

    posted on the April 14th, 2016 by norml

    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 crime. Make it legal now! The Medical Cannabis March Facebook page Three reasons to join us on The Medical March, Sat 23rd April: 1. New […]

  • Sign the Rose Renton Petition for Medicinal Cannabis

    posted on the March 22nd, 2016 by Chris

    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 by NORML and other NZ law reform groups. Download the petition here or right-click the image below, save to your computer, and print it out. […]

  • Patients can bring legally prescribed medicinal cannabis products into New Zealand

    posted on the March 11th, 2016 by Chris

    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 any patient traveling to bring with them a personal supply of ANY prescribed drug. All countries have similar clauses, so that, for example, someone from […]

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

    posted on the January 15th, 2016 by Chris

    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 of conditions including pain, nausea, inflammation, cancer, epilepsy and diabetes, and according to Government statistics may be used medically by as many as two hundred thousand […]

  • NORML, Peter Dunne and Family First all agree patients should have more access to effective medicinal cannabis. The question is How?

    posted on the May 13th, 2015 by Chris

    Instead of wasting time and money on years of pharmaceutical-level testing, NORML says we should follow the Australian approach, treat it as a herbal remedy, and immediately allow compassionate access. A TVNZ poll last weekend showed an increase in support for medicinal cannabis, and Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne said if medicinal cannabis is effective, he will […]

  • NORML and Family First agree NZ’s medicinal cannabis policies need to change

    posted on the May 12th, 2015 by Chris

    NORML is pleased to note that the conservative group Family First is calling for reforms to our outdated policies around medicinal cannabis. In their recent press release, Family First says they are now calling for: the expansion of research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms. (Supported by NZMA) the establishment […]

  • NORML presents J Day, nationwide events on Sat 2 May 2015

    posted on the April 1st, 2015 by norml

    Come to J Day, an international day celebrating our cannabis culture and a protest against the failed War on Drugs. All events are free, starting at High Noon and run to 4:20pm or so. Auckland – Albert Park. Features music and speakers, on the mighty JAFA Mafia sound system, plus market stalls and information booths. […]

  • Petition to Decriminalise Medicinal Cannabis

    posted on the February 11th, 2015 by norml

    “Decriminalise the use of medicinal cannabis in its raw form.” Click here to sign this petition at Avaaz.org New Zealand patients need safe legal access to medicinal cannabis Find out more about medicinal cannabis Download or read NORML’s leaflet about Medical Cannabis [PDF] Why this is important The use of cannabis for medical purposes, is […]

  • Toke the Vote: NORML’s guide to NZ Political Party cannabis policies

    posted on the August 27th, 2014 by norml

    NORML’s policy, renewed at our recent national conference, is to encourage supporters to vote for parties and candidates who will work to reform our cannabis laws. We need at least 61 supportive MPs in parliament. You can help make this happen! Here is a summary of how the parties stack up against our three core […]

  • NZ Herald poll: majority want cannabis made legal or decriminalised

    posted on the June 28th, 2014 by norml

    A New Zealand Herald poll confirms increasing support for cannabis law reform. The poll follows New Zealand’s experiment with legally regulating Psychoactive Substances, widespread media coverage of medicinal cannabis, and increased awareness of law reform overseas including in Colorado, Washington, and Uruguay. The Herald poll shows a majority of voters want to see cannabis either […]

  • Petition to reduce Synthetic Highs by legalising natural cannabis

    posted on the May 15th, 2014 by Chris

    NORML has launched a petition to the NZ Parliament saying what everyone knows – the only way to reduce the use of more risky synthetic cannabis is by allowing natural cannabis. Even though synthetic cannabis products have now been banned in New Zealand, they will just be pushed underground and into the control of criminals. […]

  • Synthetics ban won’t work if cannabis remains illegal, says drug law reform group

    posted on the April 28th, 2014 by Chris

    The Government’s intention to ban the remaining synthetic substitutes won’t work if cannabis remains illegal. “The more risky synthetic substances are only demanded because consumers can’t legally use natural cannabis,” says Chris Fowlie, spokesperson for NORML (National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, New Zealand Inc). “The false demand for synthetic products will only […]

  • 84% of Kiwis support cannabis law reform, says Campbell Live poll

    posted on the April 18th, 2014 by norml

    On 16 April 2014, TV3’s Campbell Live asked viewers “Is it time to decriminalise marijuana for personal use?” In a staggering result, the poll showed 84 percent of you said yes it should be, while 16 percent said no. Of course, the poll follows the spotlight Campbell Live has shone on synthetic cannabis, and the […]

  • New pipe ban will increase harm to cannabis consumers, and encourages users of legal synthetics to smoke more

    posted on the April 15th, 2014 by Chris

    The Government will increase harm by further restricting the sale, supply and importation of drug harm reduction equipment. “This National-led Government seems to be encouraging use of the more harmful synthetics over safer natural cannabis. Now it is increasing harm even more, by forcing them to smoke larger amounts,” said Chris Fowlie, spokesperson for the […]

  • NORML’s Position on ‘legal highs’ & the Psychoactive Substances Act

    posted on the March 26th, 2014 by Chris

    NORML supports the intention of the Psychoactive Substances Act It should be widened to cover all low-risk drugs including cannabis Legalising and regulating cannabis is the most effective way of closing down the market for synthetic cannabis The idea of legalising and regulating low risk drugs instead of trying to ban them is one that […]

  • NORML presents J Day, nationwide protests on Sat 3 May, 2014

    posted on the March 26th, 2014 by Chris

    J Day is an international celebration of cannabis culture and protest against prohibition, with free events all over New Zealand. NORML first organised J Day in 1992, it is now held in over 200 cities around the world on the first Saturday in May every year. All events start at High Noon, so don’t be […]

  • Complete rethink needed of all drug laws

    posted on the March 1st, 2014 by norml

    NORML has advised the Ministry of Health a complete rethink is needed of all drug control laws and policies. In it’s submission to the discussion document on the New National Drug Policy, New Zealand’s longest running cannabis law reform group said the lack of any willingness to look at first principles, and the missed opportunity […]

  • Obama Acknowledges Cannabis To Be Less Harmful Than Booze

    posted on the January 24th, 2014 by norml

    Washington, DC: Consuming cannabis is less harmful to the individual than is drinking alcohol, US President Barack Obama acknowledged this week in an interview with The New Yorker. Responding to questions regarding the public’s growing support in favor of legalizing the plant, the President stated: “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a […]

  • First legal pot sales in Colorado – and the sky did not fall. Here’s why it’s just a matter of time before pot becomes legal everywhere.

    posted on the January 4th, 2014 by norml

    The benefits, and common sense, point to cannabis prohibition becoming a thing of the past. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com/Yellowj January 2, 2014  | Tens of thousands of people throughout the nation today will buy cannabis. The difference is that in Colorado, these transactions will be legal, regulated and taxed. The product will be of known quality […]