Cannabis News

Executive officers:

Co-Leaders: Jeff Lye & Maki Herbert
President: Michael Britnell
Secretary: Irinka Britnell
Treasurer: Paula Lambert
Maori Affairs Spokesperson: Maki Herbert
North Island Manager: Vinny Eastwood
South Island Manager: Irinka Britnell
Sergeant at Arms: Michael Appleby

The Cannabis Party is pleased to announce a speaking tour by a prominent US legalisation author.
Dr David Bearman, authour of 'Drugs are not the devil's tools', will be touring the country in May.
Detail are below:

Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party has a Special General Meeting on the 14th of May 2017 @ 4pm via Skype for members and new members wanting to join.

If you would like to join in please contact for details.

We are looking for members keen to be a candidate in the up and coming General Elections


About 200 protesters turned out in Auckland on Saturday for a rally in favour of medicinal cannabis.

They gathered in Aotea Square in the CBD at midday before marching down Queen St at 1pm.

Organisers want safe, legal and affordable access to cannabis, and invited others around the country to organise coinciding marches.

Medical Cannabis rallies were held around New Zealand on Saturday April 22nd 2017.

"I can feel the tide is turning," Cannabis Party Leader Alistair Gregory said..

Mr Gregory attended the Auckland protest and spoke with many of those there about the Cannabis Party's policy

He will also be speaking at J-Day in Auckland on May 6th..


Arik Reiss, Director of Druglawed 1 and Druglawed 2 is a feature documentary comprising 5 episodes. Episode 1: "Scientist" is filmed on location in Israel, featuring Professor Raphael Mechoulam, the pioneering biochemist who discovered the molecular structure of cannabis and human endocannabinoid system. As a result of his fifty years of groundbreaking research, Israel now has the largest and most advanced state-sponsored medical cannabis program in the world.

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On Duncan Garner’s Radio show Monday morning, our Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction with the current special approvals scheme.

Just 2 days before an Oncologist on the TV3 show “The Nation” suggested that about half his Cancer patients were using Cannabis. It would be safe to assume that none of them were using legal options as they were not cost effective. Sativex contains perhaps $180 dollars equivalent of Raw Cannabis, for the cost of over $1000

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.