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Margin Narrows On Referendum Result: A Clear Mandate For Change

Friday, 6 November 2020, 3:22 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

“Based on how close the result is, a change to cannabis/ drug law should not be ruled out,” said Tuari Potiki, Chair of the Drug Foundation. “While the Drug Foundation accepts that the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill is now unlikely ... More >>

No Vote Not A Vote For Inaction: Decriminalisation Urged

Friday, 30 October 2020, 3:26 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The cannabis referendum result was released today with 46.1% of New Zealanders voting in favour of legalisation, and 53.1% against. The gap will likely close to some degree when remaining votes are counted, but the jury is still out on whether it can close ... More >>

“Don’t’ Shut Down The Conversation With A ‘no’ Vote”, Say Leading Public Health Experts

Friday, 9 October 2020, 10:15 am | NZ Drug Foundation

The NZ Drug Foundation welcomes the publication of today’s NZ Medical Journal editorial. The authors - specialists in addiction treatment, public health, Māori health equity, health promotion and epidemiology - are calling for a yes vote in ... More >>

Economic Reports Released By Government Show New Zealanders Will Be Better Off Under Legal Cannabis

Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 12:17 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Two economic reports commissioned by the Ministry of Justice to inform the development of the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill were released under OIA today. The reports, by economic thinktank BERL , analyse the current illicit market and how ... More >>

Drug Foundation Farewells Long-standing Executive Director Ross Bell

Friday, 28 August 2020, 8:34 am | NZ Drug Foundation

The New Zealand Drug Foundation Executive Director Ross Bell is leaving the organisation for a role at the Ministry of Health. He has led the Drug Foundation for more than 16 years. Announcing Mr Bell’s departure, Drug Foundation Board Chairperson Tuari ... More >>

Advertising Standards Authority Rules In Drug Foundation’s Favour On Cannabis Referendum Campaign

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 3:51 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

“We’re pleased with the Advertising Standards Authority’s decision regarding complaints received about our ‘Vote Yes On Our Terms’ cannabis control referendum campaign”, said Ross Bell, Drug Foundation Executive Director. “We always understood ... More >>

Foundation Turns To Crowdfunding To Keep Cannabis Campaign Going

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 4:37 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

A PledgeMe crowdfunding campaign publicly launches today to raise funds to ensure the public health messaging supporting a yes vote at the Cannabis Referendum reaches undecided voters. New Zealanders who support a Yes vote in the Cannabis Control Referendum ... More >>

Cannabis Legalisation And Control Bill: World-leading Public Health Law

Friday, 1 May 2020, 12:28 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The Government today released the full and final Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill that New Zealanders will be voting for at the referendum on 19 September. “These final new details strengthen the controls from the initial draft, making it a world-leading ... More >>

Poll Shows Support For Cannabis Legalisation When New Zealanders Have More Information

Friday, 21 February 2020, 7:46 am | NZ Drug Foundation

Survey results released today by the Helen Clark Foundation and the New Zealand Drug Foundation show that support for cannabis legalisation grows when people know more about the proposed legislation. When respondents were asked how they would vote ... More >>

Independent evaluation of drug checking welcomed

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 5:11 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

An independent evaluation into festival drug checking services, announced today by the government, should put to rest political squabbling about a law change allowing these vital harm reduction services to expand, says the Drug Foundation. More >>

Treat drugs as a health issue, says justice sector review

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:28 am | NZ Drug Foundation

The recommendations in Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group’s report Turuki! Turuki! Moving Together released today offer a concrete way forward for the Government to treat drugs as a health issue. More >>

Cannabis Control Bill ticks the boxes

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 4:49 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

New Zealanders will know exactly what they are voting on at next year’s cannabis referendum with the release of the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill (‘Cannabis Control Bill’) by Justice Minister Andrew Little today. The Government has outlined ... More >>

Crown must honor Te Tiriti with Cannabis Law Reform

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 4:40 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Today leading Māori health and public health organisations called on the Crown to meet its obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi as it drafts legislation for the regulation of cannabis. More than 50 Māori leaders joined the call for Māori rights ... More >>

Methamphetamine convictions on rise, new report shows

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 12:38 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Data published today in the NZ Drug Foundation’s State of the Nation 2019 report shows that last year low-level methampethamine convictions overtook cannabis for the first ti me. Cannabis-related convictions have remained stable while those for ... More >>

Recommendations for cannabis Bill released today

Friday, 13 September 2019, 2:34 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Today at Parliament the NZ Drug Foundation released Taking control of cannabis: A model for responsible regulation, a new report that shows how we can take back control of cannabis from organised crime. More >>

Health Not Handcuffs drug reform campaign launches

Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 3:21 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

A window of opportunity to reform the way we treat people who use drugs is too important to miss, says the new Health Not Handcuffs campaign which launched today. More >>

Police discretion for drug offences needs greater funding

Thursday, 7 March 2019, 2:16 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

An amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act which will improve the way Police use discretion for drug offences is a further step towards treating drugs as a health issue. But greater funding for health and social services is urgently needed for the scheme ... More >>

New report highlights drug policy trends

Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 4:24 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

A new State of the Nation report released today by the NZ Drug Foundation shows that while we are doing well in some areas, there is massive room for improvement. More >>

Government action on synthetics drugs crisis applauded

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 10:35 am | NZ Drug Foundation

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people ... More >>

Mental Health Inquiry says treat drugs as a health issue

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 1:02 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry has recommended that the government take strong action on alcohol and other drugs, including removing criminal sanctions for personal drug use and providing a broader range of health interventions instead. ... More >>