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What legal cannabis in California could mean for New Zealand

In September, we get to vote on whether to legalise personal possession of cannabis in New Zealand. For a glimpse into what that might look like, Harrison Christian reports from California, where the legal pot business is booming – bringing good times (and some bad) to the masses.

At a pot dispensary in San Francisco, customers wait in an area resembling a swanky hotel lobby until a cannabis consultant beckons them to a marble counter.

Here, there's an exchange about their needs and preferred method of consumption. The customer is shown a menu with a staggering range of options: there are transdermal patches, body balms and disposable vape pens; sparkling drinks, chocolate-covered goji berries and watermelon-flavoured gummies.


Teen use of cannabis has dropped in New Zealand, but legalisation could make access easier

As New Zealand prepares for a referendum on legalising recreational cannabis, the latest surveys show opposite trends for cannabis use by adults and adolescents.

Adult use of cannabis has risen sharply over the last few years, reflecting softening attitudes towards the drug. But our study, published today, shows cannabis use in adolescents has been decreasing since 2001.


New Zealand Overturning Cannabis Vaporizer Ban

New Zealand appears to be on the brink of relegalizing cannabis vaporizers after passing a ban against the devices.

According to a report published Tuesday on, New Zealand plans to overturn its law banning such products. This development dovetails with the country's legalization of medical cannabis, which is set to take effect in April.

Citing part of the law the ban falls under, an unnamed Health Ministry spokesperson said the nation's "cabinet has agreed to replace the Misuse of Drugs Utensils Notice with a notice that enables the import of vaporizers that have been approved as medical devices by an overseas regulator."


New Zealand’s Medical Cannabis Scheme Regulations Announced

New regulations were released in New Zealand on Wednesday enabling the local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products.

“These regulations put in place the infrastructure that allows us to locally grow, manufacture and provide quality medicinal cannabis products that are intended to make a real difference to people living in pain and also those nearing the end of their lives,” said  New Zealand’s Minister of Health Dr. David Clark.


Why New Zealand’s cannabis bill needs to stop industry from influencing policy

Earlier this month, the New Zealand government released draft legislation for how cannabis could be bought, grown and sold. It is a first glimpse at what New Zealanders will be voting on in next year’s cannabis referendum.

Justice Minister Andrew Little said the primary objective of the draft bill was to reduce overall use and protect young people from access.

The bill proposes a minimum purchase and use age of 20 and restrictions on marketing and advertising of cannabis products.


New Zealand Announces Draft of Cannabis Legalization And Control Bill For Debate

The New Zealand government has a plan to legalize and regulate cannabis, and it wants to know what the public thinks. Next year, it will be up to voters to decide whether they’re for or against recreational legalization as proposed in the draft legislation. Lawmakers plan to introduce a final, more detailed draft of the bill at the start of 2020. That final version will take into account public feedback on the draft released December 3. At the moment, New Zealand wants the public to consider the basic parameters of the legalization proposal.


New Zealand releases draft cannabis legislation, unveiling purchase limits and supply details

The government of New Zealand has released its draft cannabis legislation as the referendum regarding federal legalization draws nearer with the next election.

The legislation stresses education and harm reduction, and borrows heavily from both the Canadian legalization model, which allows private companies to produce and sell cannabis products, and that of Uruguay, which adopted a more government-controlled, as opposed to profit-focused, model.


Medical cannabis in New Zealand with Medical Kiwi

Medical Kiwi are at the forefront of pioneering medical cannabis in New Zealand, here we learn all about their plans in this exciting industry.

New Zealand is currently amid a ‘green rush’ following the government’s decision to pass legislation last year paving the way for domestic, commercial cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis. So, with this newly established legislation allowing the use of medical cannabis in New Zealand, many New Zealand based companies are now racing to be in line to capitalise on the legislative change and Medical Kiwi is well positioned for first advantage.


New Zealand may be getting a cannabis nightclub

Pot proponents around the globe frequently decry the lack of consumption spaces.


Ahead of next year’s big vote, here’s what we know about drugs in New Zealand

From unequal conviction rates to a glimmer of light on synthetics, here’s what the Drug Foundation’s State of the Nation report tells us.

Reports of raids, drug busts and arrests appear in headlines every day. The next biggest methamphetamine seizure is guaranteed to grab attention. But with all the hype, it’s hard to make out what it means. So what’s really going on?

The Drug Foundation today published figures on drug use, treatment and criminalisation that shed some light on where Aotearoa is at with drugs. Our 2019 State of the Nation makes for sobering reading. 


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