New Zealand

Fri
08
May

MEDICINAL MARIJUANA SHOULD BE RESEARCHED, NOT LEGALISED

Family First NZ says that medicinal marijuana should not be legalised, but is calling for further research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms.

‚ÄúNZ‚Äôers need to be aware of the smoke-screen of ‚Äėmedicinal marijuana‚Äô. The strategy of groups who want dope legalised is to promote medicinal marijuana which simply manipulates society‚Äôs compassion for people with serious pain and health concerns. But marijuana will then be diverted from medical programs to ‚Äėrecreational‚Äô purposes,‚ÄĚ says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

Thu
07
May

Should medicinal marijuana become more available in New Zealand?

Medicinal cannabis may become more readily available in New Zealand.

That comes as a ONE News/Colmar Brunton poll shows more Kiwis are open to the idea of greater use of medicinal marijuana for health purposes.

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne is undertaking a review of the national drug policy and drug laws and says while there's been no relaxation of laws on recreational drug use, he's open to more medicinal products being available if they undergo a comprehensive testing regime.

The poll shows 47% of people think marijuana should be legal for medical cases, with nearly a quarter saying it should remain illegal.

Thu
30
Apr

Global protest on cannabis

A global protest against cannabis prohibition is puffing its way into New Plymouth on Saturday.

J Day is a peaceful protest held overseas and in nine New Zealand cities including New Plymouth and an organiser says this year's aim is to prove cannabis is safer than synthetics.

Cannabis advocate Jamie Dombroski said cannabis use should be treated as a health issue, not a crime.

"The war on drugs is a false war," he said.

"It is fine to have a puff once or twice a year or month but I don't agree with doing it every day.

"Personally when I was younger I did but I have learnt that it is a waste of your life if you do."

He said the amount of people who turn up to the Bowl for J Day will depend on the weather.

Mon
27
Apr

Will Legalising Cannabis Help End or Extend Prohibition?

We need to tackle the folly and futility of drug prohibition, in which we have created an irrational and unscientific bifurcation of drugs. An archaic system that favours, promotes and culturally embeds the use of some drugs, while fiercely policing, prohibiting and punishing the use of other drugs.

Mon
27
Apr

NZ: Will Legalising Cannabis Help End or Extend Prohibition?

We need to tackle the folly and futility of drug prohibition, in which we have created an irrational and unscientific bifurcation of drugs. An archaic system that favours, promotes and culturally embeds the use of some drugs, while fiercely policing, prohibiting and punishing the use of other drugs.

Mon
20
Apr

CNMI marijuana bill author wants to alleviate pain

The author of a bill that proposes to legalise marijuana for medical use in the CNMI says there's a need to find an alternative to expensive medical treatments for terminal diseases.

The Northern Marianas Senator Sixto Igisomar says he was prompted to introduce the bill after Guam voted in favour of allowing the use of medical marijuana last year.

Mr Igisomar says marijuana for medicinal use can help alleviate the pain and suffering associated with debilitating conditions such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.

Wed
15
Apr

Are Cigarettes the New Joints? Get Ready for Homegrown Tobacco

High cigarette taxes fuel a surging black market in smuggled cigarettes, notes Americans for Tax Reform's Patrick Gleason in the Wall Street Journal. New York smokers are the greatest beneficiaries of that black market, burdened as they are with the most ridiculous cigarette taxes in the country. There's a huge flow of smuggled smokes from relatively low-tax states like Virginia. And some smokers are turning to an alternative to which marijuana fanciers facing legal pressures of their own have resorted for decades: growing their own.

Wed
15
Apr

Ending Prohibition: Towards Strict Regulation or Human Rights?

 

 

 

A Strict Regulation Approach…

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Wed
08
Apr

Dunedin's cannabis connection features in film Druglawed

A controversial new documentary is set to have its World Premiere in Dunedin next week.

'Druglawed' is an explosive documentary exposing how New Zealand has been co-opted by the US into fighting the failed War On Drugs.

Filmed in six countries over six years, this is the first feature length documentary examining the effects of international cannabis prohibition on New Zealand society.

Over the last 100 years the US government has forced its drug control policies on almost every country on earth. Over 40 years since Richard Nixon declared the War On Drugs in 1972, 22 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana. Only one country in the world has higher arrest and conviction rates, New Zealand.

Fri
03
Apr

Sixteen benefits from the ‚ÄėWar on Drugs‚Äô

It is widely assumed that the so called ‚Äėwar on drugs‚Äô (the war between drugs), has been a disastrous¬†failure, and faced with mounting evidence and¬†criticism, governments would eventually seek legislative and policy¬†change. The evidence presented is¬†largely based upon an analysis of the inability¬†of drug prohibition to reduce the¬†supply and demand for banned substances, supplemented by¬†a critique outlining¬†the widespread harms caused by¬†prohibition.

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