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Matters of Substance - May 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016

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Work for the Drug Foundation

Thursday, March 10, 2016

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Medical cannabis Q&A

This medical cannabis question and answer (Q&A) was prepared to provide clear and accurate information about the use and status of medical cannabis in New Zealand. 

Updated: December 2015.

Q&A: Nobody suffers like the families

Monday, November 30, 2015

Julian McMahon is an Australian barrister practising criminal law. He was one of those representing Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran from the so-called Bali 9 and was also the lawyer for the Bali 9’s Van Tuong Nguyen who was executed in Singapore in 2005. Matters of Substance recently spoke with him about the death penalty for drug-related crime.

Q: Why is it important that we abolish the death penalty?

Viewpoints: Is the jury still out on e-cigarettes?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Short of a pill that will magically take addiction away, are e-cigarettes the best smoking cessation device since the humble patch? Or are they just another dangerous addiction,
a gateway device for children or, worse, a sneaky attempt by Big Tobacco to renormalise smoking?

Opinion: A nation in denial?

Monday, November 30, 2015

It’s coming on Christmas, and with it, will come the usual increase in alcohol and other substance-induced family violence. Being good Kiwis, though, it’s something we won’t talk about. Nathan Frost, Special Projects Advisor, New Zealand Society on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, turns to a popular children’s folk story that may help us to understand why.

Director’s cut

Monday, November 30, 2015

Did you see the furor last month with the leaked United Nations’ report on drug decriminalisation? It had all the hallmarks of a great conspiracy: a shocking secret report suppressed by sinister diplomatic pressure, revealed to the world thanks only to the valiant whistleblowing of Sir Richard Branson.