Category: 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.

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. 

Science will save cannabis referendum from Reefer Madness

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has asked the Chief Science Advisor to gather a panel of experts and run an information campaign, to finally dispel the cannabis misinformation spread by the likes of Family First and the Hawkesby-Hoskings propaganda machine.

Polls show how to win the cannabis referendum: social equity, social enterprise and social clubs

According to two polls this week, the cannabis referendum is in serious trouble. But they also provide clues for how to win. A model based on social equity, social enterprises and social clubs could be what it takes to win the cannabis referendum.

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.

How Patients Could Access Medicinal Cannabis by Christmas

These ten fixes can all be done this year though regulations or updates to policy, with no law change needed. I want New Zealand to be a world leader in medicinal cannabis, and for patients to have legal access by Christmas this year. Let’s do it!

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 »