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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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In Defence Of Conservative Leftism

By   /  December 18, 2016  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

“CONSERVATIVE LEFTISTS” espousing “conservative leftism” have become a thing. The term is applied (neither generously nor kindly) to those ageing members of the broader New Zealand Left whose understanding of progressive ideals was forged in the 1960s and 70s. Generally speaking, conservative leftists are depicted as political has-beens whose only continuing contribution to the progressive cause involves standing in its way.

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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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How NSW’s new legal medicinal cannabis rules open the door for NZ patients

By   /  August 1, 2016  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

From today NSW doctors can prescribe medicinal cannabis – and Kiwi patients can go over and return with one month’s “lawfully obtained” supply. So how would NZ patients lawfully obtain any?

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Cannabis conversation at the Auckland Town Hall 7pm Monday June 27th

By   /  June 27, 2016  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  10 Comments

Cannabis is always in the news and it seems like we’ve been talking about cannabis law reform forever – to the point where the most interesting thing about cannabis is why the law wasn’t changed years ago.

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Cannabis Social Clubs in New Zealand: the best option for beyond prohibition?

By   /  May 16, 2016  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Public support for cannabis law reform is growing, and it seems inevitable that it will happen at some point. It’s no longer a question of should we change the law, what should we change it to and how soon?

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Medical cannabis rally and march – Aotea Sq., Sat 23rd April

By   /  April 17, 2016  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

In NZ patients continue to suffer. The existing criteria are too restrictive, the process is too slow and Sativex – the one pharmaceutical extract that is approved here – is far too expensive. The result is that most doctors are put off applying and, even if they can get Sativex prescribed, most people cannot afford to pay for it.

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How to reach Peak Cannabis in 2016

By   /  March 28, 2016  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Are we are nearing “Peak Cannabis”, the tipping point where significant and sustained law reform is not only possible but inevitable?

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About Chris Fowlie

By   /  October 5, 2015  /  Chris Fowlie  /  Comments Off on About Chris Fowlie

Former editor of NORML News, Chris Fowlie is president of the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, manager of The Hempstore, and court-recognised expert witness for serious cannabis charges. Click here to view Donna Miles’s posts on The Daily Blog.

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