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Practicing a public health approach to drugs: 2016 Speaker and Soup season

In 2016 we are finally seeing signs that public health, social support and drug policy do mix....

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Regulation: The Responsible Control of Drugs - public talk

Learn about recommendations from the Global Commission on Drug Policy in it's new report "Regulation: the responsible control opf drugs"...

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Legalising cannabis in Canada is good for public health

Canada’s decision to legalise and regulate cannabis is a public health win, and something the NZ government should look to emulate....

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Drug Foundation is backing a Yes vote

Following the announcement of the Government’s approach to the 2020 cannabis referendum, the Drug Foundation will be promoting a Yes vote....

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Public encouraged to speak up on alcohol law reform

New Zealand is on the brink of some of the most significant amendments to its alcohol laws, but communities need to speak up about their des......

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Regulating cannabis - a challenge we are more than up to

Cannabis legalisation is often presented as a yes/no question - but in reality, there are countless policy options....

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News, Media & Events

Read all the latest news, media releases and event notices/ reports from the NZ Drug Foundation....

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New drug law reform coalition calls for better outcomes for Māori

Māori health organisations Te Rau Ora and Hāpai Te Hauora have joined the New Zealand Drug Foundation and others to set up the Health not Ha......

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Let's talk about pot

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Drug Foundation launches alcohol action plan

The New Zealand Drug Foundation today launched a comprehensive plan to reduce the harm that alcohol causes in New Zealand society....

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Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry says treat drugs as a health issue

Recommendation for government action on alcohol and other drugs, including removing criminal sanctions for personal drug use and providing a......

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Kiwis urged to have their say on alcohol law reform

Concerned Kiwis and community groups are being urged to join the debate about alcohol law reform following the release of the Law Commission......

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Proposed medicinal cannabis regime ticks most boxes

Government is consulting on medicinal cannabis regulations. Submissions are due by 9 August 2019. Patients are urged to have their say....

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Taking the lead on drug regulation

Ruth Dreifuss and Helen Clark of the Global Commission on Drug Policy speak about the responsible control of drugs...

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The Great Cannabis Debate

Two heavyweight international drug policy experts will be debating whether a legalised market for cannabis is the best option to reduce harm......

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Alcohol review over promises, under delivers

The Drug Foundation today described the government’s alcohol policy proposals as feeble, saying they are a soft political response to a seri......

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Prevention first

Police are uniquely placed to be first responders to alcohol, drug and mental health call-outs in our communities, but how do they fare? New......

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Commitment needed for international drug control

A visiting United Nations official told the Healthy Drug Law Symposium in Wellington today that the UN-led international drug control system......

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Drug Foundation to host David Nutt in Wellington

The New Zealand Drug Foundation is hosting Professor David Nutt for a lunchtime presentation on ‘Drugs without the hot air: minimising the h......

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Misuse of Drugs amendment: A temporary fix while we address the real problem

MPs are currently hearing public submissions on a potentially significant change to our drug law - the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill. Here'......

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Model Drug Law: your feedback

Tell us what you think of the Drug Foundation's proposals for a complete overhaul of NZ's drug laws....

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Introducing He Korowai Aroha, Health Not Handcuffs

A new movement called Health Not Handcuffs has been launched ahead of the cannabis referendum, calling for drug laws that give people a han......

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Medicinal cannabis law is a win for patients

Legal access to safe and affordable medicinal cannabis is a good thing for patients and carers. We remain critical about parts of the law, b......

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What we do

Get an overview of the NZ Drug Foundation's work....

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Drug Foundation board vacancies: apply now

We are looking for new Trustees to join our voluntary board. Expressions of interest close Monday 6 May 2019....

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Bringing the perils of drug driving to the Wellington waterfront

Visiting Wellington this week is a public education campaign which challenges drivers who think driving after smoking cannabis is okay....

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Legal high law almost there

The New Zealand Drug Foundation today made its submission to the Health Select Committee on the Psychoactive Substances Bill saying it was a......

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Rūātoki hui

We're hosting a hui in the Rūātoki, Eastern Bay of Plenty, on 31 August 2017 to talk about how drug law harms many Māori, and solutions to t......

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Viewpoints: Should New Zealand have supervised injection sites?

Supervised injection sites are legally sanctioned, medically supervised facilities designed to reduce harm from injecting drug use. Overwhel......

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Hawkes Bay hui

We're hosting a hui in the Hawkes Bay on 6 May 2017 to talk about how drug law harms many Māori, and solutions to this....

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Donate to help expand free drug checking at festivals

Help our PledgeMe campaign. We're asking New Zealanders to support the expansion of free drug checking services at more music festivals....

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Portugal: putting health and welfare at the centre of drug policy

With solid evidence showing punitive approaches to drugs do not work, the question that arises is what to do instead? In this first instalme......

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Medicinal Cannabis Reform Workshops

Register for a workshop on the the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill in February/ March 2018....

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Drug testing

It is important for employers and employees to understand their rights, responsibilities, and facts when it comes to drug testing....

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Drug law harms many Māori, it's time we talked hui.

It's time to talk about drug law, and the harms it causes to Māori ensnared in the justice system because of minor drug offences. Hui in Te......

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What to expect when Canada legalises

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction's CEO Rita Notarandrea explains just what cannabis legalisation might mean for mean for her c......

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It’s high time we talk about pot

Bud, chronic, dak, dope, ganja, grass, maryjane, reefer and skunk. We all know the slang terms for cannabis. Half of us have tried it, and o......

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The government is consulting on roadside drug testing – tell them what you think

Driver screening is one of many safeguards that must sit alongside legal, regulated cannabis. We’d like to see this resolved - but the tech......

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Two sides of Canadian drug policy: 2018 AGM talk

Get an update on Canadian drug policy at our AGM, from leading scientist Professor Benedikt Fischer who very recently arrived in Auckland fr......

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1-day symposium: Cannabis Conundrums and Other Drug Policy Challenge

A one day course exploring what it means to put in place a public health approach to drugs, and how do we get there. Wellington, 26 February......

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It's OK to talk about drugs in schools

Schools are being responsible teaching about drugs. Any debate about how best to do this is very welcome....

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Regulating cannabis is the best option to protect public health

We all worry about the mental health risks of cannabis use by young New Zealanders. Right now, handing out a conviction and punishment is al......

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Majority backs cannabis law change

A majority of the public favours a change to the legal status of cannabis according to a new poll commissioned by the NZ Drug Foundation....

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New Zealand Government must step up efforts to end the death penalty

Australian death penalty experts to visit New Zealand – Monday 21 September 2015...

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Mythbusters: Is P lurking behind New Zealand's picket white fences?

A growing number of property owners and potential buyers are testing houses for methamphetamine contamination as public awareness of the iss......

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Open letter to PM calls for addiction treatment funding boost

Gaps in access to addiction treatment have prompted 30 organisations to issue an open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern....

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It’s going to take more than a referendum to sort out NZ’s drugs issues

In a new policy briefing sent to MPs, the Drug Foundation lays out drug policy priorities for the next three years....

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Knowledge of and attitudes to illegal drugs

Last year, the Ministry of Health published a report on what kiwis know and think about illegal drugs. Not all the findings were predictable......

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What’s going on in the smoke filled rooms?

Around the world, tobacco giants are making it known that plain packaging legislation will meet with forceful litigation in international co......

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It’s about more than a referendum

A shift to a health-focused way of dealing with drugs in New Zealand is expected to accelerate under the new Labour-led government....

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How synthetics became a public health crisis

How we got here was not by accident, but due to a series of legal changes with unintended consequences. Samuel Andrews explains how the synt......

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What alternative to the War on Drugs?

Drug control in the form of prohibition or a ‘War on Drugs’ has been a spectacular failure, a visiting American expert told a symposium in W......

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Don't delay acting on synthetic cannabinoids

Winston Peters warns Government officials to take urgent action to stop further deaths from synthetic drugs...

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Q&A: Dr Richard Di Natale

Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale worked as doctor before being elected a senator in 2011. It's no surprise, then, that he is a str......

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Cheese, chocolate, watches - and heroin-assisted treatment

Switzerland’s national drug policy, introduced in the 1990s, comprises four pillars: prevention, therapy, harm reduction and prohibition. Th......

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Viewpoints: A price too far?

In this edition, Viewpoints looks at whether tax increases are an effective public heath tool to reduce tobacco consumption and finds the an......

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Guest editorial: Drug courts - there is a better way

Gerald Waters lost a dear friend to a repeat drunk driver and became bewildered at our justice system's failure to address substance use as ......

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Early days for UNGASS 2016 declaration

Preparations are well under way for next April's UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, the outcome of which will be......

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Calling for submissions on the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill

Synthetic drugs have been linked to more than 65 deaths, so we are encouraging people to make a submission on the upcoming Misuse of Drugs A......

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Why such a weak response to restricting alcohol marketing?

While the Government is proposing to adopt, in part or whole, the majority of the Law Commission’s 153 recommendations for alcohol law refor......

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Medicinal cannabis: What now?

Members of both Government and Opposition parties have let patients down by failing to reach an agreement on medicinal cannabis. So what now......

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Drug Policy Roundtable challenged to avoid rhetoric and ignorance

Significant harm reduction to the people of New Zealand or simplistic political rhetoric. Those were presented as the alternatives to attend......

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Drug Foundation impressed by revision of drug law

The Drug Foundation is extremely pleased with the Government’s announcement today of a complete review of the Misuse of Drugs Act....

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Q&A: Kofi Annan

United Nations Secretary-General and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Kofi Annan took time to answer questions from Matters of Substance a......

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Opinion: The frustrating politics of drug reform

Home and abroad, even politicians favouring reform eventually reach an end to what they’re willing to say about the war on drugs. But Russel......

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Decriminalisation of kratom in Thailand

Kratom is a tree native to Southeast Asia. Its leaves have long been used medicinally and recreationally and, more recently, as part of trea......

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Opinion: Don't freak out over changing drug laws

Kiwis should have another look at their drug laws, writes Ross Bell, Drug Foundation executive director...

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Drug checking: Beyond the festival season

We and our partners Know Your Stuff are about to trial a monthly drug checking clinic at the Drug Foundation’s Wellington office...

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Support for cannabis law reform remains high in 2017

Public support for cannabis law reform is as strong as ever, as survey results released today by the NZ Drug Foundation show....

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Q&A: Chlöe Swarbrick

Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick speaks to Q&A about her reaction to the medicinal cannabis bill, and what life is like as a new MP...

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Where there’s smoke, there’s sugar

If there’s one thing Dirty Politics has made clear, it’s that astroturfing (masking who’s really behind the message) is alive and well in Ne......

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US Elections bring big win on cannabis ballots

Amidst the media storm about the election of Donald Trump to President of the United States it was easy to miss the other big news on 8 Nove......

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Q&A: A UK Liberal Democrat talks drug policy

Just after his resignation as Minister of State for the Home Office responsible for the drugs portfolio in November 2014, British MP Norman ......

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10,000/1,500/15 Breaking the silence on responsible drug use

It’s time for responsible users to speak up and be part of the drugs conversation, argues Stuart McMillen. Only then can the world begin to ......

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Starting the work of reforming NZ's criminal justice system

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Q&A: Beau Kilmer

Before Beau Kilmer gave a keynote address at the Australasian Drug and Alcohol Strategy Conference in Brisbane, we invited the RAND Corporat......

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Helping build a healthy and supportive society

Housing NZ have changed their approach to drug use, and will now be offering more support...

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International symposium to address fake pot

Questions about what exactly is synthetic cannabis and the latest research on pot imitations will be addressed at the New Zealand Drug Found......

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'Synthetic cannabis': primer

To get to grips with the tragic situation following reported deaths caused by consumption of unknown drugs, we have answered the key questio......

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Let’s take the ambulance to the top of the cliff

Not MDMA - the public needs to be warned about Nethylpentylone...

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More of the same won't work - Sanho Tree visit report

When Sanho Tree visited Aotearoa New Zealand in February 2016 he grabbed everyone’s attention by sharing many counter-intuitive responses to......

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Q&A: Russell Brand

On the tenth anniversary of his recovery, comedian Russell Brand invited Matters of Substance backstage to the final show of his Australia a......

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

Short of a pill that will magically take addiction away, are e-cigarettes the best smoking cessation device since the humble patch?...

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Drug Law Reform

The Misuse of Drugs Act is outdated. It is time for modern drug law fit for the the 21st Century. The Drug Foundation is working for change....

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Q&A: Lizzie Marvelly

We introduce the Drug Foundation’s newest board member Lizzie Marvelly, who brings rich experience from the worlds of music, media and socia......

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Opinion: Dear Politicians: drug policy matters in election year

In this message to New Zealand politicians, Kali Mercier, the Drug Foundation’s Senior Advocacy and Policy Adviser, explains why drug law re......

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Mythbusters: Ignorance isn't bliss - The harm reduction debate

We never expected support from the Vatican, but why do so many who should know better still believe the myths about harm reduction?...

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Party pill marketing branded irresponsible

The Drug Foundation today called for a halt to all advertising of party pills, saying that the practice of marketing social drugs may contri......

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Appealing for community

In the February 2013 issue, we featured the story of Russell School in Cannons Creek, Porirua, which became the centre and focus of successf......

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The drug classification alphabet

An un-evidence-based mess...

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Drug Foundation urges moratorium and independent analysis of new party pills

On the eve of the BZP party pill ban, the New Zealand Drug Foundation has called for a voluntary moratorium on sales of all new non-BZP part......

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Main point of meth plan missed

The New Zealand Drug Foundation today expressed its strong support for the Government’s “Tackling methamphetamine” action plan, saying the i......

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Public mood swing: Have Asia’s brutal drug wars hit a nerve?

Recent teen deaths in the Philippines have sparked massive public outrage, and Mangai Balasegaram asks if this could mark a turning point in......

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Opinion: A nation in denial?

It’s coming on Christmas, and with it, will come the usual increase in alcohol and other substance-induced family violence. Being good Kiwis......

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Ross Bell: Let's face up to our drinking problem

New Zealand has always prided itself on punching above its weight. Our sporting heroes succeed despite limited resources and the small popul......

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Health Not Handcuffs drug reform campaign launches

Seven public health and social justice organisations have combined to set up Health Not Handcuffs as a way for the people to express their s......

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Voting for change was the easy part

As state regulation of cannabis moves forward in several US states, it’s too early to say how the legalisative experiments will turn out. Pr......

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Big tobacco hires whaling guy to astroturf

Is the Association of Community Retailers really a grass roots group of mum and dad corner dairy owners? Or is there some 'jiggery-smokery' ......

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Early warning system

Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! A new drug has emerged. Unlike Lost in Space, we don’t have an early warning system for emerging synthetic dr......

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All eyes on Canada: What we can learn

Kali Mercier travelled to this year’s ISSDP Conference in Vancouver recently, to see how their approach to drug policy can help inform our o......

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Mental Health Inquiry: Change of direction needed

The Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry signalled a major direction change but provided no navigation rules. Who should plot the new course......

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