New Zealand

Fri
06
Sep

Cannabis: While the US waits, the world opens up

Cannabis legalization is spreading its roots globally. Uruguay was the first country to fully legalize recreational cannabis in 2013. Canada became the second country to legalize marijuana in 2018. Many other countries have followed suit. However, the legality of medical and recreational cannabis varies for different countries.

Fri
06
Sep

New Zealand could legalise recreational marijuana in 2020 — and this Aussie cannabis company wants a toke of the booming market to follow

New Zealand might be world-renowned as a producer of high-quality reggae, but cannabis — the plant so hallowed in the musical genre’s sub-culture — remains tightly controlled in the country.

Cannabis is defined as an illegal substance under New Zealand’s Misuse of Drugs Act and cultivating or supplying the drug can land you as many as 14 years in prison – and even possession could get you three months.

Thu
05
Sep

New Zealand hemp processing facility progressing

NZ Yarn has announced it will soon begin installing hemp fibre processing equipment in a space at its factory in Burnside, Christchurch.

The new plant incorporates a decorticator that will separate hemp stalks into fibre and hurd. Hemp fibre can be used for many applications ranging from clothing to furniture coverings and flooring. Among its attributes, hemp fibre doesn’t require chemical processing or bleaching, is strong and durable, has good breathability and anti-bacterial properties.

The hurd (or shiv), is the woody core material of the hemp plant – it has applications as a fire retardant, in insulation and can be used to create paper and bioplastic products.

Tue
03
Sep

Former New Zealand Prime Minister backs cannabis legalization

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has urged Kiwis to vote in favour of recreational cannabis being legalized at next year’s referendum.

She recently set up a think tank called The Helen Clark Foundation and it has just issued a report called “The Case for YES”. It recommends expunging minor cannabis convictions and ushering in a legal market that can regulate marijuana in a responsible fashion.

Mon
19
Aug

Do teens find cannabis uncool?

Are teens passing on pot? A study published this August seems to indicate that might be the case.

The study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Aug. 16 found that cannabis use is on the decline among high school students. A study in the U.S. had similar findings.

Fri
19
Jul

New medical cannabis policies in New Zealand are coming for controlled substances

New Zealand’s ministry of health is coming up with a scheme for medicinal marijuana in the country. This scheme will legalize domestic and commercial cannabis cultivation and production for medical uses.

The ministry is looking to making good quality medical marijuana more accessible to people so that more patients can access medical cannabis products. Physicians will be responsible for prescribing medical marijuana products.

Thu
11
Jul

Let’s explore New Zealand’s ‘medicinal cannabis scheme’

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health have developed a ‘medicinal cannabis scheme.’ Here we take a look at what this means for the use of medicinal cannabis in New Zealand.

In New Zealand, the Ministry of Health are developing a ‘medicinal cannabis scheme’ which enables the domestic commercial cultivation and manufacture of medical cannabis. According to the ministry: “enabling domestic cultivation and manufacture is expected to make quality medicinal cannabis products more readily available. This will remove a barrier for patients accessing medicinal cannabis, as health practitioners will be able to prescribe these products with confidence.”

Fri
05
Jul

Into the light: New Zealand's cannabis growers gear up for referendum

Dave has been growing cannabis since he was 14 years old, when he began using it to treat his ADHD. Known in his part of New Zealand as a “green fairy”– someone who grows and supplies cannabis to patients suffering from pain and disability – he estimates he has supplied more than 1,000 people over the last decade.

With a few hundred plants on the go, the 33-year-old says what was once a hobby has morphed into a full-time occupation, mostly avoiding the attention of police.

“I have been doing it a long time and I have learned how to do it as carefully as possible,” he says.

Mon
20
May

Canadian company invests millions in Kiwi research to improve cannabis crops

The world's largest grower and supplier of medicinal cannabis has invested more than $2 million in a small Kiwi agri-tech company.

Canadian company Canopy Rivers' investment of US$1.5m (NZ$2.2m) in BioLumic is for the development of UV treatments that improve the performance and yield of cannabis crops.

Palmerston North-based BioLumic's chief executive Warren Bebb said it was satisfying to see more global companies choose to invest in the "world-leading" company. 

"New Zealand agri-tech companies are starting to make a mark globally... It's a testament to the value of scientific research.

"Given our results with other flowering crops such as lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries and soybeans, medicinal cannabis is a natural fit for our technology," Bebb said.

Thu
16
May

Weed Week: Will Australia fear to tread where NZ steps with cannabis legalisation?

The New Zealand government has drawn the outline of the kind of recreational marijuana use it wants to see, including an age limit of 20 and regulation on how potent legal cannabis products will be allowed to be.

Interestingly, it includes a focus on making cannabis a health issue by noting that an increase in investment in health and social services will be required from any tax placed on pot products.

In Australia, constitutionally, adult use or recreational cannabis is a state — not a federal — prerogative, so it could be a state that moves first on this issue.

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