Cannabis News

Today suppression has been lifted around the Kelly Van Gaalen court case.

The court of appeal quashed her original 2 year prison sentence, ordering a retrial.

"She today stood once again in front of Judge Macdonald and recieved a sentence to her guilty plea of 5 months community detention and 300 hours community work. This is on top of the 3 months prison time which the Court of Appeal said should not have happened," a family spokesperson said.

By Dr Lance O'Sullivan

When will world leaders, politicians and community leaders admit that our punitive approach to the drug problem isn't working?

Next week the world gathers at the United Nations headquarters to agree how countries can work together to solve the world's drug problem. The last time they did this, in 1998, they declared the war on drugs was something that could be won.

The chorus was headed by then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who proclaimed, "It is time for every nation to say 'no' to drugs. It is time for all nations to say 'yes' to the challenge of working towards a drug-free world."

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.