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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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Drug Foundation finally leads – imagine what real reform could do in NZ

By   /  July 5, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

Comrades, we can not and must not allow the real momentum we are seeing on cannabis reform and the fact so many places around the world are now ahead of us be spoiled by simply decriminalising cannabis and legalising medicinal. A regulated and taxed market would provide us with the revenue to treat those who are  hurt by this product and save precious tax dollars rather than waste them and the lives we lock up. 

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Green Party Bill on medical cannabis as pointless as Dunne’s meaningless reform

By   /  June 9, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Julie Anne Genter had her medical cannabis reform members bill pulled out at the same time as David Seymour’s Euthanasia Bill. It would see an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act that would allow cannabis supply for medical users.

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Peter Dunne’s new position on cannabis is meaningless

By   /  June 5, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Peter Dunne has announced doctors will be able to prescribe CBD – but no products are yet available, and when they are, like Sativex they will be expensive and unaffordable for most people who could benefit from it.

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A tale of two countries: While Canada legalises cannabis, NZ Police charge more people

By   /  March 30, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

The latest figures obtained by NORML show they are not charging fewer people for cannabis, but more. Ignoring the wishes of the community, they are spending more time and more money on it, and filling our courts and jails with even more canna-folk. In the 8 months to August 2016, police laid 3387 charges for possession of cannabis (around fourteen people every day). This compares to 3891 in all of 2015.

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Branson’s Marijuana over Milk comment reminds us how tiny our unconfident vision is

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

…OBVIOUSLY we should be transitioning our farmers away from environmentally destructive Dairy intensification towards cannabis production. We could grow some of the best cannabis in the world and Treasury predict a properly regulated and taxed cannabis market would generate half a billion dollars each year in taxes and prohibition cost savings.

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Oh, to joyfully pee in Bill English’s cup!

By   /  March 1, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

Not content with checking the pee of beneficiaries, the leader of the Big Business Party has now complained about local workers, blaming their refusal to submit to pee tests for the National Party policy of encouraging record immigration, which others say is making housing unaffordable, depressing wages and driving locals out of work.

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