New Zealand

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05
Oct

Don’t rely on weed laws to change student views: almost 93 per cent say the law doesn’t deter them

Instituting cannabis laws will likely have little effect on students, suggests a new study out of New Zealand that found using weed is part of their culture and no amount of rulemaking and finger-wagging is likely to change that.

Researchers at the University of Otago wanted to explore drug acceptability views among students and find out whether or not cannabis law in New Zealand, where recreational weed is illegal, has any influence on their use of marijuana.

Mon
05
Oct

New Zealand Concerned with Chances of Legalizing Cannabis In 2020

New Zealand was poised to make history this year by putting the national legalization of cannabis to a vote, but now advocates are concerned that it won’t make the cut in 2020 due to all the issues that have shifted the focus this year. 

Fri
02
Oct

Gone to pot: New Zealand cools on legalising cannabis

It is believed to be the first country in the world to put the legalisation of recreational cannabis to a national public vote. But amid a pandemic, an election concentrated almost entirely on the Covid-19 crisis, and a simultaneous vote on euthanasia, New Zealand’s upcoming marijuana referendum has not captivated the mainstream public attention that it might have in an ordinary year.

Fri
04
Sep

New Zealand’s Inaugural Hemp Ideation Challenge

 

New Zealand’s first ever ‘Hemp Ideation Challenge’ will kick off on September 5, an event designed to help drive the country’s hemp industry forward.

The initiative, which runs to the 18th of September, will use a “challenge-driven innovation process” to accelerate development of new hemp products, discover new uses for the plant and identify innovative ways to produce, process and manufacture it.

Thu
03
Sep

New Zealand split on legalising cannabis in 'reeferendum'

Support for the Yes and No campaigns in New Zealand’s referendum on legalising and taxing cannabis is split at 49.5% each, six weeks out from voting day.

The No campaign, which aims to keep the status quo, has a slight edge in the poll by news outlet Stuff when only registered voters are counted, leading 50.8% to 48.4%. Voting and being on the electoral roll is optional in New Zealand.

The “reeferendum” is being held alongside a similar referendum on euthanasia at the national election on 17 October.

Thu
03
Sep

These Are The Weed Markets Outside Of The U.S. That Should Get Your Attention

Canada and the U.S. currently generate a majority of the cannabis industry’s revenue. While both countries are significant factors as the market matures, other nations will take up a share as well.

For example, Mexico, New Zealand and several other countries are considering adult use legalization, and could assume their place in the global market.

Several cannabis industry experts told Benzinga that several regions and nations are already ones to keep an eye on when tracking the global marijuana growth.

Fri
28
Aug

Company hopes to launch world’s first hemp-based meat next year

A company in New Zealand has developed the world’s first hemp-based meat, which it plans to roll out as a sustainable alternative to meat as early as next year. 

Tue
25
Aug

Marijuana Tourism to spice up Seychelles tours

With some in Seychelles being known for indulging in recreational cannabis use, its continued prohibition is government’s way of saying: do as I say, not do as I do.

With New Zealand’s referendum on the legalization of marijuana fast looming, former Prime Minister Helen Clark has become quite vocal on the topic saying she wants the referendum to pass because it would end the prohibition on the popular drug so that citizens do not have to get their supply from “tinny houses.” This while also paves the way for promoting marijuana tourism.

She has stated forcefully that older politicians who are calling for prohibition are typically Boomers who hypocritically used the drug themselves in their university days.

Tue
18
Aug

Hemp: Is it the future of New Zealand's 'clean, green' agriculture industry?

There's a reason the fast-growing plant is taking up space on South Island dairy farms. Photo credit: Getty.
 

It's not the image that's typically conjured when envisioning the future of the New Zealand farming industry. Instead of a herd of cows or a freshly harvested bunch of potatoes, it's a field of tall-standing green - and instantly recognisable - plants. 

But a group of keen Kiwis are hoping to grow that very image, and have hemp take its rightful place as a marker of rural Aotearoa. 

Tue
28
Jul

Shortage of skilled workers predicted if New Zealand legalizes recreational cannabis

A senior official with one construction company is voicing concern that there could be a potential shortage of skilled labour if Kiwis vote to legalize recreational cannabis this September.

On Sept. 19, New Zealanders will have their say regarding the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. If passed, among other things, people 20 and older would be allowed to buy as much as 14 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent) daily from licensed outlets and could grow up to two plants in their homes (with a maximum of four per household).

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