New Zealand

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.

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.

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