Cannabis News


Mt Roskill residents have an opportunity to send a strong message to Wellington about cannabis legalisation, in the upcoming by-election

California and four other states legalised cannabis for recreational purposes using a binding referendum, held at the same time as the presidential election.

Voting for the Cannabis Party is the closest thing New Zealand will ever get to a referendum on cannabis legalisation, according to candidate Brandon Stronge.

“Ealier in the year, the Cannabis Party released evidence that a private members bill to create a cannabis referendum had been vetoed by the Labour party,” he said.

“Meanwhile, National and its support parties remain adamantly opposed to cannabis legalisation.”

A vote for the Cannabis Party is also a vote against the establishment parties.


Mt Roskill by-election candidate Brandon Stronge is calling on all other candidates to state their position on cannabis legalisation.

Stronge said this Sunday's candidates debate, 7pm at Lynfeild Community Church, would be the ideal time for Parmjeet Parmar and Michael Wood to share their views on cannabis laws.

“I am calling on my fellow candidates to have an honest and open discussion about cannabis. Failing to address the topical issue of medical cannabis would be a sign of weakness,” he said.

The promotion of synthetic cannabinoids in medical trials is evidence that New Zealanders are missing out on the benefits of natural cannabis.

The Law Commission has called for natural cannabis to undergo clinical trials in New Zealand, but the government ignored the recommendation.

Instead, the Ministry of Health has given the green light to a trial investigating the effects of synthetic cannabinoid gel ZYN002.


Voters approved recreational marijuana in 4 states on November 8 – California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada.

Further, an additional 4 other states passed medical marijuana provisions: Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota, and Montana, with Montana loosening restrictions on an existing law.

In fact, election day was the biggest day for marijuana reform since 2012, when voters approved it for recreational use in Colorado and Washington.

The Cannabis Party announced today that it is entering the Mt Roskill by-election race.

Brandon Stronge will represent the party, in its 10th consecutive by-election.

Mr Stronge said was "honoured and proud" to to stand for the Cannabis Party in the seat made vacant by Phil Goff.

The Cannabis Party has launched a new magazine as it builds up to the next election.

The e-magazine is called The Hemp and Cannabis News, produced in conjuunction with World News

Every month a new edition of The Hemp and Cannabis News will be released with the latest from the hemp and cannabis industries, as well as political reform campaigns.

Analysts from financial services firm, Cowen and Co. delivered a report projecting a $50 billion legal cannabis market in the United States by 2026. But such progression would be based on federal legalization.

The Presidential Election is a key catalyst toward that end, analysts wrote. Many companies who have invested in the cannabis industry are now in a better position to benefit from the November state referendums.

Voters in five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. Medical marijuana is on the ballot in Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota.

The Cannabis Party is calling on John Key to explain why he gave over $7 million of New Zealand tax-payer's money to the Clinton Foundation.

Wikileaks raised serious ethical concerns about the Clinton Foundation when it published a hacked email, send to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, revealing blurred lines between the foundation and the personal financial interests of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Cannabis Party leader Julian Crawford said if John Key was serious about HIV prevention, one of the Clinton Foundation's supposed goals, he should legalise medical cannabis in New Zealand.

Sussan Ley

Medicinal cannabis crops are now legal in Australia after new laws came into effect.

Budding cannabis producers can now apply for a licence to legally grow the crop in Australia or manufacture cannabis products, for medicinal use only.

The Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act 2016, which came into effect on Sunday, allows businesses to apply for a licence to cultivate cannabis or manufacture cannabis products for medicinal purposes, or to conduct related research.

Medicinal cannabis has been gaining plenty of headlines this year.

High-profile users such as Helen Kelly and sporting greats like Martin Crowe who have spoken out.

There have been the lobbyists who are trying to work their way around loopholes to bring medicinal cannabis into the country.