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Medicinal cannabis: good news, bad news

By   /  December 14, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Good news! The Labour-led Government will introduce legislation to “legalise medicinal cannabis”, this side of Christmas. Bad news! Based on early hints about the content of the reform, patients are fearful about whether the changes will go far enough and whether they will have to continue to resort to criminal activity.

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

By   /  December 9, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

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?
The test of any proposed new law should be, “What would Helen Kelly want?”
Hint: it’s not expensive pharmaceutical derivatives.

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Happy Birthday, Stupid Drug Laws! Protest 90 Years of Cannabis Prohibition, Sat 11 November

By   /  November 9, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Happy birthday, stupid drug laws! Demonstrate your support for cannabis law reform, on the ninetieth anniversary of cannabis prohibition, at our protests in Auckland and Wellington. Saturday 11th November 2017 marks ninety years of cannabis Prohibition in New Zealand, with the passage of the Dangerous Drugs Act on that day in 1927. That law was […]

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The new Labour-led government has agreed to hold a binding referendum on legalising cannabis by or at the next election in 2020.

By   /  October 22, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

After years of denial and obfuscation by the National-led Government, this is a massive opportunity. The world is watching.

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NORML’s Guide to Cannabis Policies of NZ Political Parties

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Cannabis is well and truly an election issue. For the first time ever, most parties now have written policies or have taken a stance supporting reform of some description. There is a lot to consider so to help we have assessed the cannabis policies or public statements of party leaders against NORML’s three core policies:

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Medical Cannabis March – the election special!

By   /  September 1, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

NORML and Auckland Patients Group are holding their 5th Medical Cannabis Rally this Saturday 2nd September, and this time – since it’s the election – we are marching down Queen Street too.

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The hypocrisy, vindictiveness and viciousness of the far right against Metiria was stunning

By   /  August 11, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The hypocrisy, vindictiveness and viciousness of the far right was stunning if not surprising. They think they own the poor, that those on a benefit must account to them, and they cannot tolerate the poor retaining any dignity. And that is why they pounced so hard on Metiria.

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

By   /  August 9, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Rather than basing our approach on synthetic pharmaceuticals, if we took a herbal remedy or food-grade approach, then local and affordable cannabis-based products could be available here within months. They could be made from hemp, they would be cheap, local workers would be employed making them, and everyone could get their daily dose of phyto-cannabinoids. 

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Prospects for cannabis law reform are better under Jacinda Ardern

By   /  August 4, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Jacinda Ardern, the new leader of the Labour Party, wrote in May 2016 that allowing medical cannabis “is a matter of personal freedom and compassion… Eventually, it’s impossible to avoid the wider question of whether cannabis prohibition has been effective, whatever your personal view.”

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Peter Dunne’s new position on cannabis is meaningless

By   /  June 5, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Peter Dunne has announced doctors will be able to prescribe CBD – but no products are yet available, and when they are, like Sativex they will be expensive and unaffordable for most people who could benefit from it.

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A tale of two countries: While Canada legalises cannabis, NZ Police charge more people

By   /  March 30, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

The latest figures obtained by NORML show they are not charging fewer people for cannabis, but more. Ignoring the wishes of the community, they are spending more time and more money on it, and filling our courts and jails with even more canna-folk. In the 8 months to August 2016, police laid 3387 charges for possession of cannabis (around fourteen people every day). This compares to 3891 in all of 2015.

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Oh, to joyfully pee in Bill English’s cup!

By   /  March 1, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

Not content with checking the pee of beneficiaries, the leader of the Big Business Party has now complained about local workers, blaming their refusal to submit to pee tests for the National Party policy of encouraging record immigration, which others say is making housing unaffordable, depressing wages and driving locals out of work.

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The NZ Government has announced changes to the rules around medicinal cannabis – but what do they really mean?

By   /  February 8, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The changes announced by the Government today will do little to improve safe legal access for patients using cannabis medicinally, says cannabis advocacy group NORML.

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NORML Awards recognise our highest achieving cannabis law reformers

By   /  December 14, 2016  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Much of the progress we have made over the last year can be traced back to what Rose Renton started. Rose’s son Alex Renton was the first New Zealander to use medicinal cannabis in a hospital setting. After Alex tragically passed away, Rose continued to campaign for safe legal access for all patients.

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Waitakere Licensing Trust could regulate cannabis like alcohol

By   /  September 8, 2016  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

New Zealand’s Liquor Licensing Trusts are a hangover from the days of prohibition and the temperance movement but provide a possible template for cannabis law reform. 

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Medical marijuana would be sold alongside the Marjoram

By   /  August 30, 2016  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

A new poll conducted for cannabis campaigners shows New Zealanders want the law changed now. What may be surprising to some is that most people want herbal cannabis sold at health food stores for therapeutic purposes. 

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