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Otago research could inform future cannabis legalisation policies

Wednesday, 8 December, 2021 - 09:03

University of Otago research has found that perceived safety would be the main facilitator in encouraging people to switch to lawful sources of cannabis, if it were to be made legal in New Zealand.

Little support for decriminalising all drugs, poll - Family First

Tuesday, 15 June, 2021 - 11:34

A new poll has found that there is very little support for the decriminalisation of all drugs such as P (meth), MDMA and cocaine. Support for decriminalising cannabis remains at similar levels to the Yes vote in the recent referendum

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.

Roadside drug testing delayed again - Nick Smith

Friday, 26 February, 2021 - 10:06

More New Zealand lives will be lost due to drug impaired drivers as a result of the Government’s decision to further delay the introduction of roadside drug testing, National MP Dr Nick Smith says.

National concerned by Police backdown on cannabis - Simeon Brown

Wednesday, 20 January, 2021 - 09:59

Police need explain why they’ve quietly decided to ditch the annual cannabis eradication operation and how they will continue crack down on the supply of cannabis, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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.

NZ organisations represented at UN meeting on medicinal cannabis law reform

Tuesday, 1 December, 2020 - 17:25

The medical cannabis industry could be in for one of its biggest wins in decades if a United Nations vote tomorrow implicitly acknowledges the medical value of the drug.

Cannabis referendum's razor-thin result 'shows mandate for change'

Saturday, 7 November, 2020 - 11:28

The final results of the cannabis referendum have been released. Yes received 1,406,973 votes (48.4%) , compared to 1,474,635 votes for No (50.7%). The difference was just 67,662 votes.

Margin narrows on referendum result: A clear mandate for change - Drug Foundation

Friday, 6 November, 2020 - 14:44

"Based on how close the result is, a change to cannabis/ drug law should not be ruled out," said Tuari Potiki, Chair of the Drug Foundation.