Cannabis News

Canada has legalised the home growing of cannabis or medical purposes.

The Canadian federal government announced new rules for medical marijuana users that will allow patients to grow their own at home. 

The new regulations, which will replace the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, also include other changes such as stricter labelling requirements for dried pot and cannabis oils. 

The great-grandson of former Prime Minister Sid Holland is standing for mayor of Auckland representing the Auckland Legalise Cannabis ticket.

Adam J. Holland was confirmed as an Auckland mayoral candidate last week, continuing a family tradition of political representation.

"Today it brings me much honour to announce to my dear people of Auckland my greatest policies for the people of Auckland when elected Mayor in October," he said.

Labour Leader Andrew Little can't decide if he wants to hold a referendum on cannabis if elected to Government.

When asked if Labour would decriminalise cannabis, Mr Little told Victoria University's student radio station Salient FM: "We will look at holding a referendum".

But today he's backpedalling

You now have permission to grow marijuana in NSW – if you are the state government.

NSW is the first state to have been given approval to grow cannabis under licence from the federal government as part of research into the best way to cultivate the plant.

That step will lay the foundations for private growers to supply medical marijuana, the state government said.

A fresh-faced 20-year-old is stepping up to challenge the "pale, stale and male" status quo in Auckland politics.

She is also keen to push for the legalisation of marijuana and address transport issues in East Auckland.

Olivia Montgomery is campaigning to be elected in the city's largest ward, Howick, in the upcoming local body elections.

Cooking with cannabis is set to be legalised, despite police warnings that dining on dope could trigger positive drug tests.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) yesterday gave its green light to plans to legalise foods made from ­industrial hemp seeds.

Newcastle doctor Andrew Katelaris — who was deregistered in 2005 for giving medical marijuana to sick children — yesterday welcomed the decision. He said hemp was a ­superfood and milk made from industrial hemp seeds was better for kids than cow’s milk.

Whangarei's Grey Power federation has voted to support a push by a fellow Northland federation to legalise medicinal cannabis and says it's not being naive in making the decision.

In April the Otamatea Grey Power federation put its weight behind the legalise medicinal marijuana movement, saying they want to have the choice of dying pain-free. Otamatea Grey Power president Beverley Aldridge, said she had grown tired of watching friends and family suffer serious illness, while the drugs they were given had side-effects as bad as the symptoms they were designed to treat. Medicinal marijuana, she believed, was the answer.

The move sparked a war of words between Grey Power national president Tom O'Connor and the Cannabis Party, with Mr O'Connor saying he was worried about "single issue" groups trying to capture "naive" Grey Power members to promote their cause.

Figures released by Treasury prove the economic viability of The Cannabis Party's policy, while destroying the credibility of police claims about cannabis harms.

The Treasury memo, released to lawyer Sue Grey under the OIA, shows that legalisation of cannabis would save the taxpayer $400m and would earn $150m in taxes annually. A total revenue of $550m.

The memo undermines the credibility of the police's drug harm index, which tries to justify prohibition by focusing on cannabis related harm to society. However, these Treasury figures prove that law enforcement is actually responsible for the vast bulk of this harm to society.

The government could generate $150 million annually by taxing cannabis, rather than spending $400m a year enforcing drug prohibition, a Treasury note says.

An Official Information Act request by Nelson lawyer Sue Grey turned up the Drug Classification note, part of an internal Treasury forum from 2013.

The previously unreleased document said studies showed alcohol and tobacco caused far more harm than cannabis; that there was no evidence it was a gateway drug, and that Māori "take the brunt of current policies" - making up 14.5 percent of the population, but receiving 43 percent of cannabis convictions.

In the latest news in the war against cannabis in New Zealand, it has been revealed the National Drug Intelligence Bureau (NDIB), a police-led agency, refused to pull a report which claimed cannabis is the “cornerstone” of drug harm in this country.

The 111 page report titled New Cannabis: The Cornerstone of Illicit Drug Harm in New Zealand, produced by analyst Les Maxwell in 2007, claims cannabis costs the country more than $30 million annually and results in more than 2,000 hospital admissions a year.

Steve Dawson, an Auckland sociologist, refused to buy the claims in the report and decided to delve deeper.