New Zealand

Thu
23
Jan

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 MJBizDaily.com, 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."

Fri
20
Dec

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.

Thu
19
Dec

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.

Thu
05
Dec

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.

Wed
04
Dec

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.

Thu
28
Nov

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.

Thu
21
Nov

New Zealand may be getting a cannabis nightclub

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

Fri
08
Nov

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. 

Mon
21
Oct

A look at cannabis legislation in Countries around the World

Ever since Canada became the first major country to legalize marijuana for adults a year ago, other nations have been paying attention.

The small South American nation of Uruguay was the first to legalize marijuana for adults. New Zealand, Luxembourg and Mexico are among those that have looked to Canada for guidance or lessons, while Russia has chastised it for its “barefaced” flouting of international anti-drug treaties.

Tue
15
Oct

Is cannabis use destroying your teeth?

In a large-scale study commissioned by Duke University, researchers observed the dental health of regular cannabis users, and the results weren’t very reassuring.

The study looked at 1,000 New Zealanders who had been using cannabis for more than 20 years. Thankfully, there were no adverse health effects when it came to lung function, blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight – however, the health and gums seemed to suffer. Researchers made sure to account for any confounding factors such as poor hygiene and the use of tobacco, alcohol, or illicit drugs.

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