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Published: Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:30:31 -0800

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New Zealand: Medical Cannabis Change Welcomed By Northland

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

New Zealand Herald, 12 Feb 2017 - Moves to make it easier for patients to get cannabis-based medication for pain relief or symptom control have been welcomed by Northland's medical marijuana campaigners. However, some say the change doesn't go far enough or do anything to help patients to pay for medical cannabis.



New Zealand: Aging Baby Boomers Increasingly Embrace Marijuana

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

New Zealand Herald, 26 Dec 2016 - Studies show older generation are more likely to drink too much and smoke marijuana. Given more than half of US states allow medical marijuana use, some seniors may be turning to it to treat the ailments of old age.



New Zealand: O'Connor Remains Cannabis Agnostic

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Nelson Mail, 29 Aug 2016 - The outgoing boss of the New Zealand Police Association says a tour of cannabis-friendly countries was an eye-opener, but hasn't convinced him New Zealand should follow suit. Greg O'Connor spent time travelling through Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and Colorado, in the United States, seeing firsthand the effects of both decriminalisation and legalisation of cannabis.



New Zealand: PUB LTE: Marijuana Helped

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

New Zealand Herald, 27 Aug 2016 - Nearly 30 years ago my then 40- year-old husband was diagnosed with cancer. Two years later and after several operations, the cancer returned and nothing more could be done. His life over, his last couple of years consisted of radiotherapy, operations and daily doses of morphine. We were told that even with the cancer he had, he would never have to be in pain, due to the morphine. What we weren't told was the side effects of the morphine - nightmares, hallucinations and not being able to eat. We ended up taking turns to sit with him during the night to talk him through the hallucinations. He tried halving the morphine dose but was then in a lot of pain. A friend who came to visit was horrified to see the distress my husband was in and arranged for him to be given two marijuana cigarettes. I was totally against him having these but he was at the stage he would try anything. Within a very short time after smoking just part of one cigarette, he was almost pain-free and able to have a conversation. It's for this reason alone I will back the call to legalise medical marijuana.



New Zealand: $300m Gain If Pot Legalised - NZIER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

New Zealand Herald, 25 Aug 2016 - The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research - a group better known for its views on inflation targeting and GDP growth - says New Zealand should move "sooner rather than later" to legalise marijuana which would generate a net gain of $300 million to the government accounts. Drawing on Treasury research which found that legalising could reap $150m in new government revenue and reduce spending on drug enforcement by around $180m, NZIER principal economist Peter Wilson concludes that legalisation, combined with heavy taxation, regulation and education would be a better way of reducing social harm from the drug.



New Zealand: PUB LTE: Marijuana Relief

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

New Zealand Herald, 24 Aug 2016 - It's interesting being a criminal. I spent the past 30 years being a relatively model citizen. Then I got diagnosed with terminal cancer in multiple sites. I have turned into a criminal to survive, thrive and stay alive. And indeed thanks to medical marijuana, I am surviving, I am thriving and I am alive to parent. I am alive to be with friends, to be political, to make plans, to get fit, to read, to continue learning, to love, to laugh and sometimes to cry.



New Zealand: Column: Legalising Cannabis Is Not in the

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Press, 23 Aug 2016 - If a referendum was held on legalising cannabis for personal use, would you support it? You'd have to be off your scone. The New Zealand Drug Foundation (NZDF) has been crowing about the results of its self-selecting poll, indicating broad public support for decriminalising cannabis for personal use. Rebecca Reider made history over the weekend by bringing the first legal raw cannabis flower into New Zealand, campaigners say. The NZDF has steadily become a strident proponent for law reform, to the point that they now sound more like glorified pushers, campaigning for "the removal of criminal penalties for drug use, possession and social supply."



New Zealand: Column: Prohibition - It Should Be Banned

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

New Zealand Herald, 20 Aug 2016 - Imagine a natural product with medicinal benefits that human beings have used for centuries. A product so popular that its sale has funded the activities of certain enterprises for generations. A product used by people young and old, well and unwell, rich and poor. One would assume that the tax revenue from this product would be significant. That its popularity would demand responsible regulation to protect both the industry and consumers. That its widely reported pain-relieving qualities would be utilised to provide relief to sufferers of chronic pain. That gangs would be the last "businesses" we'd want to be responsible for its sale. It would seem like a no- brainer. Unless that product is cannabis. We've been waging war on drug users for close to 20 years, since the UN's General Assembly Special Session on Drug Control in 1998. The goal of that session was to eradicate illicit drug-use by 2008. It was a mission that failed spectacularly.



New Zealand: Column: Decriminalisation Sends a Dangerous

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Nelson Mail, 19 Aug 2016 - My generation has a lot to answer for. Recreational drugs, for example or as former Wellington coroner Garry Evans preferred to call them, "wreckreational drugs". Mine was the generation that rebelled against the values of its parents.