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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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The Politics Of Cannabis Law Reform

By   /  August 2, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

Far from promoting the liberalisation of drug laws, Labour contributed significantly to the dramatic expansion of the state’s powers of intervention in the lives of those Kiwis deemed to have deviated from the “caring” agencies’ expectations.

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EXCLUSIVE: Teachers Council drags Cannabis Activist before kangaroo court

By   /  July 26, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  28 Comments

Cannabis Activist Jeanette Saxby is facing the exact persecution the gutless and spineless new Government promised wouldn’t happen.

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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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GUEST BLOG: V Hoy – The Business in Politics

By   /  June 25, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on GUEST BLOG: V Hoy – The Business in Politics

With NZ falling further and further behind in this booming new industry, its hoped so and soon.  But is it too little too late? The referendum for Cannabis is also due for 2019, so has the canna movement missed the boat to make a serious impact on the law decision?  And where are all the big investors who are willing to put the money in? Are the big corporations that influential?

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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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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Busting the Cannabis ‘madness’ myth

By   /  February 1, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Busting the Cannabis ‘madness’ myth

The Green’s Bill was voted down but we should still use the opportunity to challenge the myths surrounding cannabis without the debate being dominated by the hysteria of the corporate media and the lobbyists for big pharma.

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The list of cowards who voted against Chloe’s medical cannabis bill

By   /  February 1, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  64 Comments

So what Parliament is saying is that it’s okay to kill yourself if you are in pain, but it’s not ok to smoke a joint if you are in pain – what sort of a Circus Freak show of a Democracy is this? The double standards are sickening and outrageous!

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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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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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There needs to be a voice for the Cannabis Industry if referendum is to mean anything

By   /  November 5, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

Moving to a taxed and regulated cannabis market would create jobs, tax revenue and a huge drop in prison and policing costs. 

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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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And now the filthy Pigs attack medicinal cannabis users

By   /  October 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

When our gutless and spineless Politicians pathetically open their mouths on medicinal cannabis they give us weasel words about change and nod their cowardly heads at our collective outrage. They attempt to tell us that Police don’t target individual users and that only organised crime gets a focus, yet here we have medicinal networks getting attacked.

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Prospects for cannabis law reform are better under Jacinda Ardern

By   /  August 4, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Jacinda Ardern, the new leader of the Labour Party, wrote in May 2016 that allowing medical cannabis “is a matter of personal freedom and compassion… Eventually, it’s impossible to avoid the wider question of whether cannabis prohibition has been effective, whatever your personal view.”

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