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Medicinal cannabis regulations 'disguise solid progress'

Thursday, 10 March, 2022 - 10:21

The medicinal cannabis sector is delivering for Kiwi patients. However, most of its successes continue to fly under the radar. This is partly due to regulations which heavily restrict what can be communicated to both doctors and patients, not to mention the public.

Harm prevention services seeing a promising start to the summer fest season

Friday, 7 January, 2022 - 15:10

Music festivals across the country have gone ahead without the same levels of drug harm observed from last year.

Permanent drug-checking law passed and new providers appointed - Little

Tuesday, 23 November, 2021 - 17:14

Drug-checking services will continue to operate legally at festivals, pop-up clinics, university orientation weeks and other places this summer and beyond, thanks to a law passed today, Health Minister Andrew Little says.

High Alert website proving its worth in preventing harm from drugs

Tuesday, 29 June, 2021 - 10:20

A website set up a year ago to warn people about dangerous drugs in the community is proving a valuable tool in preventing harm.

Independent panel and research team appointed for research on policing in communities

Thursday, 3 June, 2021 - 11:15

The panel and research team for the new research programme into how Police can ensure it delivers fair policing have been appointed.

Dr Reti's medicinal cannabis bill highlights flaws in current system - NZ Drug Foundation

Wednesday, 10 March, 2021 - 07:55

National Party deputy leader and health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti’s private member’s bill on medicinal cannabis, drafted in 2018 before the current scheme, is due to be debated in Parliament this evening.

New poll shows overwhelming support for change in cannabis laws

Tuesday, 9 March, 2021 - 05:00

New poll shows overwhelming support for reform of cannabis laws In research released by The Helen Clark Foundation today, 69% of voters wanted cannabis to be decriminalised (20%) or legalised (49%). Only 30% of respondents thought our cannabis laws should stay the same or get tougher.

Drug checking services 'have reduced harm - but more could be done'

Tuesday, 12 January, 2021 - 05:50

New figures released by KnowYourStuffNZ show that drug checking this summer resulted in the vast majority of people who attended drug checking choosing not to take the harmful cathinone eutylone, where it turned out they had unwittingly purchased it.

Canada's cannabis use continues to climb - Family First

Wednesday, 23 December, 2020 - 09:21

The latest data from Health Canada’s Canadian Cannabis Survey reveals that there has been three years of consecutive increases in use since legalisation, and that almost 1 in 3 Canadian males over 16 consumed cannabis in the past 12 months, and 1 in 4 females.

'Demand for treatment outstrips supply, as Kiwis continue to be convicted for minor drug offences'

Wednesday, 9 December, 2020 - 12:03

Some New Zealanders are missing out on treatment, as services report a spike in COVID-19 fuelled demand has exacerbated an existing shortage of places for those needing it, according to a report released by the New Zealand Drug Foundation today.