Cannabis News

The minister responsible for medical cannabis, Peter Dunne, has been challenged by patients after claiming strong expert support for existing medical cannabis regulations.

The doctors surveyed were "hand selected" and have "little experience with medical cannabis", according to patient Rebecca Reider.

"The Ministry failed to consult the many patients who the system has failed, those who are using cannabis unlawfully as an effective pain relief, those who have used it legally overseas, those who suffer in pain though fear of breaking the law, or doctors who understand the benefits cannabis offers," she said.

Winston Peters has spoken out in support of the rights of tobacco smokers, linking his argument to the issue of legalising cannabis:

We all know smoking might not be good for your health, but the government hiking tobacco taxes in their 2016 "Get-Stuffed" Budget is just a lot of fat people sitting in their ivory towers telling smokers what to do.

You would view their action in a more sympathetic light if they showed any consistency – for example dealing with the negative impacts of obesity and the abuse of alcohol on people’s health and coming up with policies.

The government's so-called review of the medicinal cannabis access guidelines has failed to protect patients.

"These very minor changes will only help a few people, and even these seriously ill people will need to jump through quite a few hoops to have any chance of approval," said Chris Fowlie, spokesperson for the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML New Zealand Inc).

The current guidelines were shown to be cruel and unnecessarily tough after terminally-ill cancer patient Helen Kelly failed to qualify for the special exemption required under the current law. "However, the guidelines have barely been touched."

Helen Kelly has called for a Citizen's Initiated Referendum (CIR) on cannabis laws after Labour rejected her bid for a Parliamentary created referendum.

Helen Kelly helped Labour draft a legislation to create the referendum but Little later denied his party was even working on such a plan.

Out of desperation, Kelly has by-passed Labour and taken to Twitter to promote a cannabis CIR.

Is he tripping??!

Andrew Little appears to be the one with brain damage given his outdated rhetoric on cannabis, according to the Cannabis Party.

"Conjuring up tired Nixonian drug war era propaganda and seemingly justifying unfair workplace drug testing policies makes Labour look dopey," Cannabis Party leader Julian Crawford said.

"At the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy conference in Auckland last week, international experts agreed that the only way to minimise harms from youth use of cannabis is to end prohibition by decriminalising and regulating it."

The Cannabis Party are defending Wicked Camper's right to freedom of speech, relating to cannabis references, following an "offensive ruling" by the chief censor.

The censor's ruling has been labeled as an offensive publication by the Cannabis Party leader Julian Crawford, who has referred the ruling to the censor.

The censor banned images on vans depicting cartoon characters Scooby Doo and Dr Seuss with cannabis references.

The offensive slogans are "someone pass Shaggy the baggie so he can roll Scooby a doobie" and "I did a bong I did, I did a bong! A bong I did".

"The censor will now have to publicly justify why he is perpetuating offensive and derogatory attitudes towards cannabis users," Mr Crawford said.

"The censor has effectively said that violence, rape and murder is more acceptable to society than cannabis, with this ruling."

When freedom of speech is under attack the Cannabis Party has a moral obligation to fight back.

Evidence has been produced by the Cannabis Party to verify its claims about Labour's two question referendum on cannabis.

Photographs of legislation written by the Clerk of Parliament on behalf of Labour MP Damien O'Connor, back up the Cannabis Party's claims.

The Cannabis Party was forced to release evidence of the legislation after a misinformed Labour spokesperson said the referendum's existence was "absolute rubbish" and "nonsense".

The Cannabis Party leader is standing by his statement on a cannabis referendum despite claims it is nonsense.

Labour is rubbishing claims it is backing a referendum on decriminalising cannabis, following a statement from the Cannabis Party.

Cannabis Party leader Julian Crawford says the vibe he'd got from Labour leader Andrew Little was that he "sounded positive" the idea of a referendum was being progressed by Labour.

Labour leader Andrew Little is backing a referendum to decriminalise cannabis, despite reservations from his deputy leader.

Mr Little spoke out publicly in favour of the proposal, following a plea from Helen Kelly, to hold referenda on medical and recreational cannabis at the next election.

The Cannabis Party confirmed it had been assisting Labour to prepare the referendum legislation, which would soon be introduced as a private member's bill.

Grey Power's national president has spoken in support of a Northland chapter promoting the legalisation of medicinal cannabis, despite it being one of the "more unusual" causes taken up by a local group.

However, Grey Power federation president Tom O'Connor stressed the national organisation did not yet have an official stance on medicinal cannabis and would take a science-based approach if the issue was to come before the board. But, he said, local chapters were entitled to take on their own causes.

"We don't intrude on their autonomy," he said.