Cannabis News

The Government is grossly manipulating statistics to try and justify their failed National Drug Policy.

The Drug Harm Index 2016 is full of estimates and made up figures about drugs.

The index significantly inflates the supposed harm of cannabis by lumping it in with dangerous synthetics.

How did John Lord go from Kiwi dairy farmer to  Colorado’s cannabis king-pin?

SUNDAY has inside access to John Lord’s multi-million dollar marijuana operation, Livwell.

Lord  explains why legalising medical marijuana is a “no-brainer”,  and how we should cater for those desperate to legally use it here – like renowned union leader, Helen Kelly, who has terminal cancer.

A petition has been tabled in Parliament calling for Helen Kelly to be allowed to use cannabis oil legally.

Labour's Damien O'Connor tabled the online petition of Bennett Morgan:

"That the House note that 4,035 people have supported an online petition calling for Helen Kelly to be allowed permission to use a cannabis oil to help control her pain and nausea."


The Government is considering a softer approach to low-level drug offences, but says it's not considering decriminalising cannabis.

The shift in policy comes as a study is released showing the war on drugs has done more harm than good.

It's been almost 45 years since former US president Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs, and now it's been declared a failure.

Any change to drug laws has got to take supply out of the hands of criminals to reduce the harm to society, the Police Association says.

Association president Greg O'Connor told Morning Report that any liberalisation of drug laws needed to recognise that you cannot decouple drug use from the dealers.

He distinguished between the approaches taken in the Netherlands and the US state of Colorado, saying only the latter had tackled supply. He argued that simple tolerance adopted in the Netherlands did nothing to regulate drug dealers.

Hon Jonathan Coleman is completely ignorant about cannabis, despite holding a medical degree and the position of Minister of Health.

Yesterday Coleman claimed "cannabis is very carcinogenic".

The Cannabis Party leader Julian Crawford said Coleman was wrong as there were no documented cases of cannabis causing cancer.

Contrary to popular belief, cannabis law reform is "neither imminent or likely" in New Zealand according to Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne.

In the government issues paper relating to New Zealand's official submission to the upcoming UNGASS conference, Dunne said "New Zealand is not currently considering decriminalisation of cannabis (or other controlled drugs) domestically."

"Cannabis is currently a Class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975, and the Government considers that the harms associated with its use warrant its continued illegal status."


New Zealand Customs Service has admitted an exemption in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 allows medical cannabis to be imported legally, despite a misinformation campaign by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne.

Dunne blurred the boundaries between the legislature and judiciary, following the Police Vs Reider court case, by making numerous inaccurate statements about Section 8(2)(l)(iii) of the act.

The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lawsuit filed by the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma against their neighbor Colorado over a law approved as a ballot initiative by Colorado voters in 2012 that allows the recreational use of marijuana.

The court declined to hear the case filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma, which said that marijuana is being smuggled across their borders and noted that federal law still prohibits the drug.

Two conservative justices, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, said they would have heard the case.


Rose Renton, campaigner for medical cannabis, has launched a petition calling for safe, affordable and quality medical cannabis to be made available.

Rose was interviewed by Duncan Garner about the petition on RadioLive Drive today.

"Its aimed at mainstream New Zealanders being able to have their say. Mainstream New Zealanders want this and they don't want to wait," she said.