Cannabis News

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.

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner has been asked to explain why Customs admitted they intend to break the law relating to cannabis importation.

Section 8(2)(l)(iii) of the Misuse of Drugs Act allows travellers to bring natural cannabis buds or cannabis derived products into New Zealand if it was lawfully obtain overseas for treating a medical condition.

However, Customs have said they will continue to seize cannabis "even if it is disclosed on the arrivals form, is lawfully obtained overseas, was supported by a medical prescription and is for a months supply or less."

The judgement in the case of New Zealand Police Vs Rebecca Reider has been released to The Cannabis Party.

Judge Hobbs in the Nelson District Court said he understood that Reider received the chocolate containing cannabis legally in the United States but she made a mistake posting it back to New Zealand.

"It was prescribed to you through somebody or some organisation that was authorised in America to prescribe that kind of thing for medicinal and medical purposes. You made the error perhaps of posting that to yourself in New Zealand which gives rise to the importation charge," Judge Hobbs said.

Travelers can now bring medical cannabis into New Zealand, thanks to a massive loophole in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.

The loophole allows anyone who is lawfully prescribed cannabis overseas to bring one month's supply of the medicine into New Zealand.

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne flip-floped last week over the interpretation of the law.

The Auditor General's office has thanked The Cannabis Party for information relating to the Drug Foundation and other organisations that were working with an alleged fraudster.

Health Sector Manager Greg Goulding said the office of the Auditor General did not want to inquire about the issues raised while a criminal investigation was still in progress.

"We have informed our auditor of the Ministry of Health about the issues you have raised," he said.

The Ministry of Health and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne are at odds with a Law Professor over the legality of importing medical cannabis.

The dispute, related to the interpretation of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975, erupted after the potentially precedent setting case of Rebecca Reider in the Nelson District Court last week.

Rieder's lawyer Sue Grey said that the law allows exemptions where the medication was prescribed overseas and University of Otago Law Professor Andrew Geddis agrees.