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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 >>

Open letter to PM calls for addiction treatment boost

Sunday, 2 December 2018, 4:08 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Gaps in access to addiction treatment have prompted 30 organisations to issue an open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The letter calls for a boost to funding, and introduction of a health-referral model to replace criminal sanctions for people ... More >>

Drug Foundation on medicinal cannabis bill

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 3:59 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Drug Foundation statement on government’s medicinal cannabis bill Useful changes to the government’s medicinal cannabis bill were announced today, but the Drug Foundation says many patients will be disappointed. The Drug Foundation has welcomed ... More >>

Cost benefit analysis shows drug law reform stacks up

Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 11:14 am | NZ Drug Foundation

Extra investment by government in drug treatment, education and harm reduction will more than pay for itself, an independent economic cost benefit analysis released today shows. Shamubeel Eaqub from Sense Partners, who prepared the report, found ... More >>

Lessons must be learnt from meth report

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 3:42 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The report into Housing New Zealand’s response to so-called methamphetamine contamination contains hard lessons for the government and its agencies on how to properly address complex drug issues, and reveals the harms caused by HNZ’s action were more widespread ... More >>

New survey results show legal cannabis a real possibility

Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 8:44 am | NZ Drug Foundation

A new survey conducted by the NZ Drug Foundation shows two thirds of New Zealand voters support changing the country’s outdated cannabis law, with outright legalisation being the most popular option. More >>

Legalising cannabis in Canada is good for public health

Thursday, 21 June 2018, 1:35 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

AnchorCanada’s landmark decision to introduce a strictly regulated legal cannabis market is a public health win, and something the New Zealand government should look to emulate. More >>

Strong justification to rein in meth testing industry

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 12:10 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The announcement today that Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford will introduce regulations reining in the methamphetamine testing industry is very welcome. More >>





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