Cannabis News

Political commentator Jane Clifton says The Cannabis Party could force the government to legalise cannabis.

"Governments could be held to ransom by a marijuana party" Clifton told Radio NZ.

Party leader Julian Crawford confirmed that The Cannabis Party would "hold the government to ransom" if elected to parliament.

A new UMR poll confirms increased support for medicinal cannabis law reform.

Hot on the heels of the NZ Drug Foundation cannabis poll, a new poll by UMR shows increased support for medicinal cannabis law reform, including strong support for treating it as a herbal remedy.

Conducted for Start The Conversation, the poll will help the group decide whether to organise a referendum at the general election next year.

An economic think tank is the latest to say cannabis needs to be legalised.

The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research says criminalisation of marijuana is costing the country more than 300 million each year.

It has found legalising the class-C drug would bring in about $150 million in tax, and would cut the country's drug enforcement bill by 40 percent - a saving of $180 million.

A "loophole" in the Misuse of Drugs act is making a mockery of cannabis laws according to TV3's Duncan Garner. 

New Zealanders who cannot afford to travel overseas are missing out on legal medical cannabis while those that have an overseas prescription and can afford to travel can import, possess and use it legally.

TV3's Story programme documented Rebecca Reider's return trip to Hawaii. She became the first person to openly declare cannabis to New Zealand Customs and was then allowed to bring it into the country.

A medical cannabis patient from Golden Bay has become the first person to openly bring raw cannabis and concentrates into New Zealand.

Rebecca Reider was discharged without conviction for importing cannabis laced chocolates earlier in the year after her lawyer Sue Grey discovered a "loophole" in the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Now Reider has used the same "loophole" to bring several ounces of medicinal cannabis and concentrates into the country, which were prescribed to her in Hawaii.

A new poll shows more than eighty per cent of people want cannabis legalised or decriminalised for terminal pain relief.

The poll of a thousand New Zealanders backs the policy stance of The Cannabis Party.

Prime Minister John Key said despite the poll, he's not a personal fan of changing the cannabis law. He says if Parliament were to decriminalise cannabis use, that would appaear to condone increased drug use.

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.