New Zealand


New Zealand Is Suffering from a Severe Weed Shortage

New Zealand is suffering its worst weed drought in recent history, and so far pot-starved kiwis have no one to point the finger at. The current shortage began at the start of the year, with parts of the South Island and upper North Island seemingly affected the worst. One grower from South Island's east coast Waimate district told media earlier this month it's the most severe shortage they had seen in 15 years, and that it was a "nightmare for consumers," who were struggling to buy weed at any price.


New Zealand Hemp smoothie maker pulls 'healthy, druggy' adverts

A popular salad and sandwich chain has been ordered to pull advertising for its top-selling hemp smoothie because it made it sound like the drink could get you high.

The Herald on Sunday revealed last weekend the advertising for Habitual Fix's hemp smoothie included slogans such as "Man, that's some strong stuff", "Just ask your dealer," and "Don't panic, we also do munchies".

The $7.50 smoothies are a blend of hemp oil, cucumber, mint, yoghurt and apple juice.

They were being served in a plastic cup with a cannabis leaf on the front.


Growers push to relax restrictions on hemp

Hemp seed harvesting has started in New Zealand, but the industry wants food regulations changed.

It says despite a popular misconception, the cannabis species is good for humans.

But the Government has its hands tied when it comes to relaxing the rules.

Registered nurse and hemp grower Penny Young swears by eating the plant as a health supplement.

With the help of friends, she's currently harvesting her first crop.

Hemp is a cannabis plant species related to marijuana, but it has virtually no THC – the psychoactive substance that gives users of its cousin a high.


New Zealand: Habitual Fix in hot water over hemp oil

Officials look into health claims of green smoothie


A popular fast food chain is in the gun after promising its hemp smoothies deliver a "potently healthy" hit.

Habitual Fix uses slogans such as, "Man, that's some strong stuff", "Just ask your dealer" and "Don't panic, we also do munchies" to promote the smoothies - but it's not the drug references that have landed the company in trouble.

Instore advertising claims the health benefits of hemp oil include increased energy and metabolism, improved cardiovascular health, better immunity, eased arthritis and lowered blood pressure.


New Zealand Ministry of Health investigates medicinal cannabis use

Dunne underwhelmed by officials’ evidence but Drug Foundation fears advice outdated.

Jessika Guest with son Ethan (left), Jade and husband Brendan Guest. Photo / Facebook

An investigation into the use of cannabis for medical purposes has been carried out by the Ministry of Health.

Growing numbers of jurisdictions allow cannabis for medical use and the Government has come under pressure to re-examine its use here.

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne, who oversaw New Zealand's innovative regulations on so-called legal highs, asked officials to look into the issue.


New Zealand: Drug crime falls in nation's 'cannabis capital'

The number of cannabis convictions in Northland courts has halved over the past five years, with police pre-charge warnings partly responsible for the fall.

Ministry of Justice records show cannabis-related convictions in Whangarei District Court dropped from 196 five years ago to 95 in the last financial year.

At Kaikohe District Court, convictions fell from 139 to 54 over the five-year period, and, at Kaitaia District Court, convictions fell from 95 to 44.

The convictions included dealing, trafficking, importing, exporting, manufacturing, cultivating, possessing, using and other illicit drug offences.


New Zealand Farmers denied high-value hemp crop

Canterbury growers have struck another roadblock for growing hemp seed as authorities remain uneasy about its closeness to its drug cousin.

Health ministers from New Zealand and Australia met in Auckland last month to consider a recommendation from Food Standards Australia New Zealand that governments change the food law to enable hemp seed to be grown for human consumption.

Grower hopes hemp growing would be made more freely available to them were dashed when this was rejected because of transport concerns.


Cannabis beats prescription drugs for chronic pain - research

Cannabis might provide more relief from chronic pain than prescription drugs, new research suggests.

The large Australian study found that use of the illegal drug for pain relief is common among people with chronic pain, such as low back pain, neck pain and migraines.

The study also found that cannabis users report greater pain relief in combination with prescription opioids, such as morphine and oxycodone, than when opioids are used alone, the researchers said.

The study of 1500 Australians, led by researchers at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW, is expected to intensify the debate about allowing cannabis use for medical purposes.


Unmasking NZ’s ‘World Leading Drug Reform’

The NZ Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 (PSA2013) was never world leading drug reform as frequently claimed by some drug reformers and recently re-asserted in an article by one of the Act’s key flag bearers. It was however, world leading drug legislation, that succeeded in gaining almost unanimous support across New Zealand Parliament (apart from one MP), because this new drug law extended prohibition to include EVERY new psychoactive substance not currently incorporated within the Misuse of Drugs Act.


New Zealand: 51% against legalising marijuana

New Zealand has some of the highest cannabis consumption rates in the world yet the majority of people surveyed by Vote Compass say they don't want marijuana legalised.
They also want the drinking age pushed up to 20.
According to the United Nations, New Zealand has the eighth highest cannabis consumption level in the world after countries like Papua New Guinea, Zambia and Canada.

Vote Compass asked people whether they think "marijuana should be legalised".

Fifty-one percent of respondents disagree or strongly disagree it should be legalised, 33% said it should be, and 15% were neutral.

Danny Osborne, a lecturer in political psychology at Auckland University, says damage done by legal highs might help explain the results.


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