Cannabis News

Peter Dunne is facing possible jail time after he admitted being a party to the illegal importation of cannabis based medicine Elixinol.

The fact Peter Dunne broke the law proves that medical cannabis needs to be produced in New Zealand, Mt Albert candidate Abe Gray said..

"Lawyer Sue Grey, along with top government scientists, are taking the Minister of Health and Minister of Customs to court to argue it is illegal to prevent New Zealand hemp growers extracting CBD medicines," he said.

The National and Labour parties only support pharmaceutical cannabinoids and have no intention of allowing medical cannabis in its natural form, the Cannabis Party says.

National is considering reducing the bureaucracy for pharmaceutical product Sativex, however it will still be too expensive for most Kiwi's to afford, according to Mt Albert candidate Abe Gray.

the Labour party previously blocked moves by the late Helen Kelly to launch a referendum about medical cannabis. Gray said Andrew Little even denied knowledge of Labour's private member's bill to create a referendum, even though the draft legislation was leaked by The Cannabis Party.


The Cannabis Party is entering the race for the Mt Albert by-election after radio personality Abe Gray threw his hat in the ring.

Gray is a well known radio DJ with a weekly slot on Radio Hauraki's popular breakfast show, hosted by Matt Heath and Jeremy Wells.

Gray is leading the charge for a binding referendum on cannabis laws in New Zealand,  which was vocally promoted by the late Helen Kelly.

He worked closely with Helen Kelly to draft the specific legislation required to create the binding referendum, prior to her death. However, no MPs in Parliament have adopted the legislation.

Gray questions whether the Greens and Labour are serious about cannabis law reform, given they turned their back on Helen Kelly's referendum legislation.

"A binding referendum on the questions of medical and recreational cannabis is my top priority," he said.


National MP Nikki Kaye has lent her voice to the medicinal cannabis debate, saying her experience with breast cancer has changed her views.

In an interview with Newshub, Ms Kaye says she's happy to be back at work having stepped down from her ministerial roles in September last year following her diagnosis.

She says her treatment has given her something back - an intense love for her family and a re-think on some health issues, one of which is medicinal cannabis.

An Auckland state house tenant has escaped eviction for growing and smoking marijuana for pain relief, Radio New Zealand reports.

The station said Ida Murrie, 61, was arrested last year for growing cannabis in her Housing New Zealand home.

"Ms Murrie struggles to walk. She said she was in constant pain and cannabis provided relief," RNZ said.

Sick New Zealanders might not need to jump through so many hoops to obtain some cannabis-based medicines if a Nelson lawyer wins her battle against the Government.

Sue Grey says she has the backing of a leading government scientist who says CBD based medicines should not be restricted because CBD isn't covered under the Misuse of Drugs Act

Grey intends to challenge the Government in the High Court if it doesn't change its legal classification of cannabidiol, or CBD.

A cannabis user has filed a complaint against police for what he claims was inhumane treatment following a recent arrest.

Whangarei man Nathan Tucker said he spent six hours in police cells and was denied food, water, and medicine during that time.

He has now lodged a complaint with the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA).

A recently-discovered cannabis-like substance naturally produced by our brains could play a role in treating Parkinson's disease.

University of Auckland researchers will attempt to unravel the complex processes involved in the release of dopamine - and how what are called endocannabinoids might influence them.

Dopamine is a chemical transmitter that underlies many of our basic behaviours, including movement, but much about the mechanism that determines the timing and size of its release remains unknown.

The Green Party have no intention of implementing their new cannabis policy, despite some good aspects to the policy.

Metiria Turei has said in the past that cannabis law reform wasn't one of her party's priorities and now Labour leader Andrew Little has confirmed it still wont be a priority under the Labour-Green MOU.

"I’ve a personal view from my personal experience of dealing with workplace drug and alcohol policies about more liberal access for young people, and by that I mean up to 25, to cannabis, because I know of the long-term harmful effects that even modest use can have," Little said.

Not many GPs seem to be prescribing medicinal cannabis, not for now at least. Cannabis for medicinal use is being taken more seriously but many health professionals prefer to shy away.

This may well be because evidence as to efficacy is mixed, even though anecdotally many patients have compelling stories about its pain-relieving qualities and other properties.

The evidence landscape currently shows that the scientific and clinical studies to support medical use of cannabis and cannabis-derived products is still limited with very little in-depth research using different cannabis products at different doses or as comparative studies for the treatment of chronic pain.