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.
Come along and show your support with other patients, caregivers and supporters of safe legal access to natural affordable cannabis.
The Government’s recently announced changes for cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis, will take effect the following Thursday 7th September.
The good news is that doctors will no longer require special permission to prescribe cannabidiol products, and they will allow up to 2% content of other cannabinoids which means botanically-derived cannabidiol products will (in theory) be allowed. Up until now, only synthetic lab-made cannabidiol products were allowed as all natural sources would contain some trace amount of THC or other cannabinoids.
The bad news is there are no authorised cannabidiol products for doctors to prescribe, and patients will not be able to import their own even if they have a prescription. It’s possible that imported products may become available here or that products could eventually be made here, but that won’t happen overnight.
One in twenty New Zealanders uses cannabis medicinally. These changes do not go far enough, and criminalisation remains an issue.
Patients need easy, safe and affordable access to natural medical cannabis. These are steps in the right direction, but we are talking about a herb anyone could grow at home. It doesn’t need to be replicated with expensive pharmaceutical alternatives that are unobtainable or unaffordable for most patients.
Confirmed speakers for the Medical Cannabis March this Saturday include:
- Pearl Schomburg – Auckland Patients Group
- Chris Fowlie – President,NORMLNew Zealand Inc
- Khylee Quince -Centre for Non-Adversarial Justice, Director of Maori and Pacific Advancement, AUT School of Law
- Prof. Max Abbott – Dean, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Nth Shore), Co-Director National Institute for Public Health & Mental Health Research, Professor Psychology and Public Health
- Dr Graham Gulbransen – GP & Addiction Specialist
- Tadhg Stopford – Cannabis Educator
- Arik Reis – Director of DrugLawed
- Chris Woodney – Govt relations, NZ Hemp Industries Association
- Martyn Bradbury – editor, The Daily Blog
- Cinnamon Whitlock – Maori Party candidate for Kelston
- Tracey Martin – NZ First MP and spokesperson for Education, Women, Broadcasting and IT
- Julie Anne Genter – Green Party MP and spokesperson for Health, ACC, Sport & Recreation, Transport, Auckland Issues, Youth and Assoc. Finance.
- Ricardo Mendénez – Green Party candidate for Mt Roskill
- Mika Haka – TOP candidate for Auckland Central
- Vinny Shiriwastow – ALCP candidate for Papakura
- Maki Herbert – co-leader ALCP
- Fats White – Musician performing his song ‘Mary Jane’
The wonderful leader of Auckland Patients Group, Pearl Schomburg, will use the rally and march this Saturday to call again on the Police Commissioner, Mr Mike Bush, for a moratorium on medicinal cannabis patients and their supporters “until the unjust laws upholding cannabis prohibition are altered to reflect good science, medical studies and the will of the people as shown by numerous current polls.”
Opinion polls show increasing support for cannabis law reform, and all of our major parties except National now support some form of law change. Labour leader Jacinda Ardern recently said “young people in particular” shouldn’t be doing time for possession, however National Party leader Bill English recently said cannabis should remain illegal.
If this is an important issue for you (as it should be!), then you know how to vote on September 23rd. Only a change of government will see a change in our cannabis laws.
Presented by NORML NZ and Auckland Patient’s Group, this rally is part of our series of monthly rallies intended to raise awareness of medical cannabis, the plight of patients, and options for law reform. Previous rallies were held on 22 April, 1 July and 5 August 2017.
- Saturday 2nd September – rally at Noon, march at 2pm
- Queen Street, opposite Aotea Square
For more information see
Auckland Patients Group Facebook page (https://www.facebook.
NORML NZ website (https://norml.org.nz/