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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 

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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.

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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.   

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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