Marijuana Media on 95bfm: New poll overwhelmingly backs cannabis legalisation


Kia ora! A nationwide poll overwhelmingly backs legalisation, poo-sniffing scientists reveal the nation’s drug capitals (except weed), police confirm they won’t be testing your saliva, and it’s cannabis award season, this week on Marijuana Media on 95bFM, with your hosts Jonny from bFM Drive and Chris Fowlie from The Hempstore.


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Nationwide poll shows majority want cannabis laws relaxed

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The Northland Age reported a new poll showing a whopping 93.2 per cent of votes in favour of relaxing cannabis laws in Aotearoa New Zealand. More than 2000 people took part in the poll run by Far North cannabis startup Te Hiku Cannabis. Of those who wanted the law changed, 64.2 per cent voting for legalisation, 35.3 per cent for decriminalisation and the remaining 0.5 per cent said they were unsure.

Respondents were also asked if cannabis was made legal should convictions be wiped for minor cannabis offences. 89.9 per cent voted yes, with around 7 per cent voting no and the remaining ‘unsure’. This poll was self-selected and not weighted for demographics. It comes as the INCB, a UN body, says legalsing cannabis fails to address health risks. But they would say that. They also called for easier access to opioids and fentanyl, so go figure.

Poo-sniffing reveals NZ’s drug capitals – but can’t detect cannabis

The Northern Advocate covered the latest drug tests at NZ’s sewage plants, which showed large regional differences that may be due to socioeconomic factors – and are somewhat stereotypical.

The high-tech poo-sniffing confirmed Northland has surpassed Tairāwhiti as the area with the highest rate of using meth, at 909 milligrams per day per 1000 people, whereas in Queenstown MDMA makes up 71% of hard drugs detected, and Auckland is tops for cocaine.

The figures from ESR are for the 3rd quarter of last year. Their testing of wastewater picks up water soluble drugs, which are typically pissed out within a day or two of taking them. Wastewater testing does not pick up cannabis which is fat soluble, and stays in the body for days or weeks after ingestion. Which brings us to the next story.

Police confirm no accurate device exists for testing saliva of drivers

As we covered in the last two shows, random testing of the saliva of Kiwi drivers will not be going ahead. Police this week confirmed what we have said all along: there is no spit testing device that can accurately detect impairment.

The new Land Transport (Drug Driving) Amendment Act specifies the Minister of Police must have regard to the accuracy of the device and may only approve a device that will “return a positive result only if the device detects the presence of a qualifying drug at a level that indicates recent use of a specified qualifying drug.

According to Assistant Commissioner Bruce O’Brien this week, police undertook a procurement process to identify a suitable Oral Fluid Testing device to carry out random roadside drug driving testing, but “After rigorous testing, it was found that there was no device available to meet the criteria and intent of the legislation.”

But on Newshub police warned the new law comes with tougher penalties. Drivers who fail the field impairment test will be required to give an evidential blood test. This is the same as it was. But now 25 drugs are listed with a lower “tolerance” threshold earning a fine, and potential criminal prosecution for testing above a “high-risk” level. For THC these have been set at 1ng and 3ng. As a comparison, Colorado uses 5ng.

Police are still trotting out the line there were 93 people killed in crashes in 2021 where a driver was found to have the presence of drugs – “nearly a third of all fatalities that year” – but this is counting any trace of drugs, not just drivers impaired by them. Traces of cannabis can linger for several weeks after last using it. Regular heavy users including medicinal patients can have elevated levels even when not consuming (although patients will have a defence if they used it in accordance with their doctor’s instructions). Police only count alcohol if drivers were above the drink-driving limit. Police should only be citing crashes caused by drivers who tested above the “high-risk” level, which would be somewhat equivalent to the drink-driving limit.

News roll up

Snoop Dogg concert reviewer says crowd smoked too much weed; but surely that’s the point? Snoop held the concert outdoors in West Auckland, after all!

Prince Harry says marijuana helped him cope with his mental trauma. Mental health is one of the top reasons for being prescribed cannabis in New Zealand. Any doctor can prescribe cannabis products, including flower, to any patient for any reason. The Hempstore has an online guide to accessing medicinal cannabis or we can answer your questions instore.

The Chemist Warehouse backs medicinal cannabis venture in Australia – which might be good news for patients there, but no word yet on any plans for NZ. The Herald’s Markets with Madison asked: Are cannabis companies cutting it? The few still operating here are suffering eye watering losses and experiencing long delays in achieving any revenue beyond hype in press releases. But there is hope. The medicinal cannabis regulations, the toughest in the world, will be amended this year. If we get the changes Medsafe has proposed, it will open viable paths for exporters, allow a much more diverse and affordable range of imported products, and local producers might be able to grow cannabis and provide it to people here. We live in hope!

Speaking of hope, trans-Tasman website Cannabiz has launched a new awards program for Australia-New Zealand medicinal cannabis industry. I’m sure there are many worth contenders. But perhaps patients and investors could give awards for Most Ridiculous Claims, Biggest Loss Made, or Worst Plants Grown? We live in hope.

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  1. How long before National comes along and dumps the mouth swab levels and just goes with presence like still occurs with a urine test. The old ” well its illegal it doesnt matter what level there is, its still an illegal drug that was used”

    The poll in Northland was raised in a post on Facebook, otherwise I would never have heard about it, sounds like a select group was used to produce the results.
    Do another Stuff one or something to hit mainstream public then we can gauge it.

    and honestly, who cares about the legal industry in NZ, the products nobody can afford anyway, just let everybody grow at home without fear of prosecution and be done with it, this corporate BS has to stop

  2. If Pot’s to be legalised then benefits must increase by 180%. ( Many people rely on Pot’s illegal state to sell and supply to make ends meet. )
    If we stomped the four foreign owned banksters we could pay for any benefit increases at $180.00 a second. ( Which is what the four foreign owned banks currently steal from AO/NZ in NET, I repeat NET profits. A SECOND!
    Banks make new record profits amid strong inflation, rising interest rates
    Green Party wants immediate action on bank profits
    AO/NZ’ers need to wake the fuck up and realise you’re all being exploited by crooks. All drugs should be decriminalised then to be regarded as medical health issues and all foreign owned banks should be asset stripped then kicked out and the politicians who enabled foreign owned banks to abuse us in such a damaging and grotesquely cynical and sadistic manner should be sent to prison.
    ( The current trend of greedflation is something else that should be attended to in a very vigorous manner. I’m lucky. I have an excellent farmers market that’s going from strength to strength. )

    • Hey Retard
      If they’re stealing, why do people stay with them?
      Why hasn’t Kiwi Bank achieved a monopoly?

      • Stockholm syndrome – everyone is being held captive by the capital. Wanna buy a watch? It’s a Rolex – made by the Rolex factory in China – impress your imaginary friends,

      • Have you tried to open a Kiwibank account in the last three years? I tried when I came back to NZ just before the first lockdown… I went to three different branches, because each of the first two gave me differing lists of Information I was expected to supply.. The third branch simply added another ten or so items to that list, including getting a doctors note… So I ended up with the ASB….
        Did nobody living here before 2020 ever notice how much the previous government had been buggering around with their bank? Simple fact is that unless they have restored some of their practices, Kiwibank is no longer any more than a pale shadow of what it was at inception… Why do people keep using their services? Try getting paid without a bank account… Try getting a job without a bank account…
        The reality is, that the Key government flattened out the differences between Kiwibank, and the rest… No, it’s not “Stockholm Syndrome”.. We are being held hostage, but if we escape say, Westpac, then we have to surrender to one of the others purely because it is impossible to live without them in the modern world.

  3. Mind you all I’m looking forward to is FREE cricket tomorrow! Thanks Roge for excluding us common folk from the last decade of our best cricket since the 80s.

    Just explained to a bipolar in her manic stage insisting on me taking grass that here in Gisborne we voted to legalize grass and the only reason the police enforce the nonsense here is it’s a testing ground for new recruits.

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