Latest

Police send message with ongoing cannabis hunt

By   /  February 7, 2019  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Next year New Zealand will vote to make cannabis legal. For a proper debate to be held it is important that those who most affected are not considered criminals and hunted with the full force of the state. Police should immediately call off their aerial snooping and spraying programme.

Read More →
Latest

Cannabis predictions and crystal ball gazing

By   /  January 22, 2019  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Last year was an absolute humdinger for cannabis, with legislative  changes for hemp foods and medicinal cannabis, confirmation the cannabis  referendum will be binding and held at the next election, and so much  activity it was hard to keep up. It seems the stars are aligned and,  although we must not become complacent, this is finally the moment when  cannabis law reform can actually happen in New Zealand. Here are my predictions for what will play out this year.

Read More →
Latest

Medicinal Cannabis Bill set to pass Parliament; patients celebrate ambivalently

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

“A lot of us also have mixed feelings at the moment. New Zealand is catching up with the rest of the world, but this new law has only delivered part of what we hoped for,”

Read More →
Latest

Cannabis Referendum Conference lays foundation for Yes campaign

By   /  November 21, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Organised by the Cannabis Referendum Coalition (CRC), a campaign group made up of aligned reformist organisations and individuals, the #MakeItLegalconference brought together over 120 people from all walks of life in the rather salubrious surrounds of the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Read More →
Latest

First NZ Conference on Cannabis Referendum Announced: “#makeitlegal”

By   /  October 26, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

9 November, 2018, 8.30am to 6.30pm
James Cook Hotel, Wellington
Registration $91.50+bf from Eventfinda 

Read More →
Latest

Budget surplus means quicker access to medicinal cannabis

By   /  October 13, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

News that the Government’s books are better off, to the tune of several billion dollars, means access to medicinal cannabis can now be made quicker.

Read More →
Latest

Blending the bills – how NZ could get the world’s best medicinal cannabis law

By   /  September 5, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

This isn’t rocket science, and we don’t need to reinvent the wheel. To get a good medicinal cannabis law, we just need to focus on patients.   

Read More →
Latest

When three bills become one: why cross party support is needed for medicinal cannabis law reform

By   /  July 26, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

With three bills before Parliament this year, and patients continuing to suffer, it’s clear we need cross-party support for enduring sensible solutions.

Read More →
Latest

The Government’s medicinal cannabis bill is back before parliament, and we’re urging MPs to do what’s best for patients, not politics.

By   /  July 25, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

MPs need to work together now to fix the proposed legislation and give patients urgent protection. While they squabble patients are still getting busted, or dying without medicine.

The latest shenanigans over medicinal cannabis follow a Curia poll, released this week by the New Zealand Drug Foundation, which found increased support for all options, including 87 per cent support for allowing medicinal cannabis for chronic pain relief.

The message MPs should take from this poll is: Don’t panic, and do what is best for patients.

Read More →
Latest

Lacklustre medicinal cannabis bill holds important lesson for the referendum

By   /  June 20, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

The Government’s Medicinal Cannabis Bill will take effect next year, a few months before the referendum on making cannabis legal.

Read More →
Latest

Cannabis referendum: Bring it on!

By   /  May 24, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

Great news today with the Government announcing it is considering bringing forward the binding referendum on legalising cannabis to next year, 2019, rather than during the 2020 general election. 

Read More →
Latest

Parliament continues cannabis hearings as J Day approaches

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Parliament continues cannabis hearings as J Day approaches

It’s another big week for cannabis law reform. Parliament resumes hearings on the Government’s Medicinal Cannabis Bill on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, in the lead up to the 27th Annual J Day on Saturday 5th May.

Read More →
Latest

NORML’s unsubmissive submission on behalf of impatient patients

By   /  April 13, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Hearings on the Government’s medicinal cannabis law reform bill continue throughout April and May, with NORML New Zealand this week delivering an unsubmissive submission on behalf of impatient patients.

Read More →
Latest

MPs to vote on the Greens’ Medicinal Cannabis Bill next Wednesday 31st Jan

By   /  January 26, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

The Greens’ Medicinal Cannabis Bill will have it’s first vote in Parliament next Wednesday 31st Jan. This is sooner than we expected, so it’s really important to hit that keyboard and urge your MP to support the bill.

Read More →
Latest

Govt medicinal cannabis Bill a huge step but should go further

By   /  December 22, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

The Government’s medicinal cannabis Bill is a huge step in the right direction – and a first for any New Zealand government – but we think a patient-focused approach should go much further.

Read More →
Latest

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.

Read More →

 
Authorised by Martyn Bradbury, The Editor, TheDailyBlog,