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Will they ever learn?

If a student turns up to class stoned, they might be kicked out of school. Or they might have a restorative conference with their teachers a......

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No longer the healthy option

20 years on from the New Zealand Drug Foundation’s first cannabis and health conference, Keri Welham takes a look at Aotearoa’s most widely ......

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Untouchable?

Thirty-seven years into the War on Drugs, the 2012 United Nations World Drug Report says the rate of reported cannabis use in Oceania (essen......

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Let's talk about pot

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Legalisation: the chance to right wrongs

NZ has a golden opportunity to right many of the wrongs caused by cannabis prohibition, says Tess Nicol...

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Māori enterprises gear up for medicinal cannabis market

Some Māori enterprises are gearing up to win a share of the medicinal cannabis market when the law is changed. Two enterprises tell their st......

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Not what your mum and dad smoked?

Anecdotes abound comparing the mellow weed of the old days with the edgier dope of today. Has cannabis become more potent since the 70s? Rob......

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Big Cannabis is rising high

With medicinal cannabis legal in the majority of states and more and more legalising recreational use, opportunities now abound for a wide v......

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Let's talk about pot: Black Market forces

At $1 billion, New Zealand's cannabis black market would equate to one quarter the size of New Zealand's entire legal horticulture industry.......

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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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There’s something wrong with the sentences

Under the irrelevant and outdated Misuse of Drugs Act, cannabis penalties and convictions in New Zealand remain inconsistent, disproportiona......

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Cannabis

Cannabis affects developing brains more than adult brains. Having a conversation with a young person can help reduce the harm....

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It’s not about the drugs

A new report has reignited the call for an even hand in the policing of drugs, citing figures that show the glare of police scrutiny is disp......

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The world watches

To legalise, or not to legalise: that is the question. Colorado, Washington and Uruguay have decided to go ahead with allowing the recreatio......

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Viewpoints: Should cannabis be on WADA's banned substances list?

In our second segment looking objectively at both sides of a contentious issue, we consider whether dope-smoking athletes should be diciplin......

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Dry times

As well as marking the end of Lent, Easter weekend traditionally marks the beginning of the cannabis harvest in New Zealand. In the weeks le......

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Cannabis

Cannabis is a preparation of the Cannabis Sativa plant that is used as a drug and medicine....

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Mythbusters: Cannabis potency

Police and the media say ESR tests conducted this year prove cannabis in New Zealand has become a whole lot stronger. But just what did thes......

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Clearing the smoke

Cannabis is now widely accepted as a medical treatment, but does it have the evidential backing of other medicines? From herbal remedies to ......

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The snowball and the avalanche: medical cannabis in Australia

Stories of personal suffering are appearing more frequently in the Australian news, and that's paved the way for medical cannabis. Andrew Mc......

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Mythbusters: Is cannabis legal in the Netherlands?

Mythbusters takes a closer look at the nuanced drug policy of the Netherlands and finds that, just because you might not get arrested for po......

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Viewpoints: Is it okay for NZ Police to interpret drug laws

The majority of New Zealanders support change to our cannabis laws, but the political appetite for this is low. Meanwhile, a drop in Police ......

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The sky hasn’t fallen on: Australia

Some states in Australia removed criminal penalties for drug use and possession more than a quarter of a century ago, but the sky hasn't fal......

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Decriminalise cannabis, decriminalise Māori?

That Māori are more often criminalised for cannabis use is often used as another good argument for decriminalisation. But Hirini Kaa argues ......

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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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Reducing cannabis health harms

There is a wide spectrum of views on how much (or, in some cases, even whether) cannabis causes harm. Rob Zorn examines how harmful cannabis......

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aug 2011 dope driving

Mythbusters: Dope driving: I'm a safer driver when I'm stoned - crap or fact?

Many pot smokers who smoke and drive will say they're fine to get behind the wheel. Mythbusters looks at the evidence to see whether this is......

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Driving high

Cannabis and cars don’t mix. We know pot causes impairment, but just how much, and is it even that dangerous? Damian Christie looks at one o......

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Where now for opponents of cannabis law reform?

Steve Rolles considers how recent cannabis law reform victories are reshaping the landscape of the oldest debate in drug policy....

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Are you old enough?

Rob Zorn tackles the thorny issue of how to set a legal cannabis purchase age...

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Viewpoints: Should New Zealand allow medicinal cannabis?

Medical cannabis is a sticky issue. There is evidence that cannabis and products derived from cannabis can treat some illnesses and alleviat......

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Mythbusters: Cannabis 20 times more carcinogenic than tobacco?

Recently, the British Lung Foundation claimed that, contrary to popular belief, smoking a cannabis cigarette is up to 20 times more likely t......

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Stoned at the wheel: is there a problem?

Can roadside testing detect impaired drivers? Naomi Arnold looks at the evidence....

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Q&A: Toni-Marie Matich

Toni-Marie Matich is the co-founder of the New Zealand branch of United in Compassion (UIC), set up to advocate for the introduction of medi......

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Cracking good prevention

Fences at the top of cliffs are preferable to ambulances at the bottom. We know cannabis can cause harm, so how do we prevent people from us......

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Cannabis causes 32 deaths each year in New Zealand... Really?

All drug use has a risk of harm, which can include death. This Viewpoints argues either side of the question: Does cannabis cause 32 deaths ......

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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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Mythbusters: There is no such thing as cannabis withdrawal

Cannabis doesn't have the physical symptoms of withdrawl that other drugs have, but it does have it....

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About a drug: Dabbing and BHO

Dabbing is a relatively new way of smoking cannabis involving highly concentrated extracts known as BHO (short for either ’butane honey oil’......

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Mythbusters: Is cannabis really 100 times safer than alcohol?

Smoking cannabis is 114 times safer than drinking booze. Many newspapers and websites ran headlines along these lines when they reported new......

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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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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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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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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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Medical cannabis report disappointing

A report on medical cannabis published yesterday by the Health Select Committee is a disappointing once-over glance at a medicine that is of......

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New campaign to help young New Zealanders Steer Clear of drug driving

A new campaign which shows young New Zealanders that cannabis can impair driving, and which supports young people to find alternatives to dr......

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Online therapy tool to help people with pot

An innovative online therapy to help people reduce or stop their use of cannabis was launched today in Auckland....

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Research links cannabis use with psychosis

Chronic cannabis use in early adolescence can make some people up to 11 times more likely to develop schizophrenia, the New Zealand Drug Fou......

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Cannabis risks underestimated

People who use cannabis generally under appreciate how easily they could become dependent and often mistakenly believe the drug has no real ......

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Conflict over cannabis shows need for conversation

New Zealand needs to have a serious conversation about the health and social impacts of cannabis in light of a recent survey which found con......

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Cannabis causes cognitive concerns

Regular use of cannabis can cause serious cognitive impairment that persists beyond the period of being high, a speaker at next week’s canna......

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Cannabis and health: 20 years down the track

Twenty years on from the New Zealand Drug Foundation’s first cannabis and health symposium, Professor Wayne Hall is returning to New Zealand......

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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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Social and economic factors behind Māori cannabis use

Speakers at the New Zealand Drug Foundations cannabis and health symposium will be shedding more light than heat on the complex issues aroun......

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Steer Clear wins health improvement award

The team behind the Steer Clear road safety campaign received a Ko Awatea 2015 International Excellence in Health Improvement Award in Auckl......

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2013 International Drug Policy Symposium. Through the maze: Cannabis and Health

Through the Maze: Cannabis and Health International Drug Policy Symposium brought together some of the best minds about cannabis and health ......

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Harsh cannabis laws defy good sense

Drug legislation and policy tend to focus too much on enforcement and tough-talk and too little on evidence about what really works, a visit......

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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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Drug Foundation backs medical cannabis

The New Zealand Drug Foundation today released its policy on medicinal cannabis, supporting the medical use of cannabis under a trial regime......

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Tell MPs you want improved access to medicinal cannabis

The way New Zealand regulates access to medicinal cannabis is going to change. Policy Manager Kali Mercier explains how you can help....

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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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July 2018 cannabis survey

A new survey shows two thirds of voters support changing the country’s outdated cannabis law. Outright legalisation is the most popular op......

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First Nations’ position in Canada’s new cannabis frontier

As Canada prepares to roll out its legal marijuana legislation this summer, indigenous communities are concerned about how much autonomy the......

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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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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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Ava Malosi: New multi-lingual Did You Know tools about drugs for whānau

Ua e silafiaina…ole ipu ava malosi e tasi e te taumafaina, e tusa male tasi se itula e afaina ai lou tino i le ava malosi....

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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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Medicinal Cannabis

Sets out the Drug Foundation's position on medicinal cannabis, benefits vs. harm, and its legal status in New Zealand...

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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 cannabinoids

Cocaine is a highly processed form of the coca leaf. It is usually a white odourless powder....

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Government’s medical cannabis bill will address current barriers

The Drug Foundation welcomed the government’s announcement to establish a government-run medical cannabis scheme as part of its First 100 Da......

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Keep calm and keep to the facts about novel synthetic substances

Dear media: In the stampede to get the story out first, please check your facts....

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Drug law enforcement discriminates against Māori

Māori are significantly more likely to be arrested and convicted for cannabis offences because drug laws are enforced in a discriminatory wa......

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Statement on government’s updated medicinal cannabis bill

Useful changes to the government’s medicinal cannabis bill were announced today, but the Drug Foundation says many patients will be disappoi......

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Medicinal cannabis oral submissions webinar

Webinar: Tips and advice on how to give an oral submission...

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Viewpoints: Medicinal cannabis paradigms, part 1

Dr David Caldicott argues that the evidence for its effectiveness seems real and that we should get on with exploring a medicinal regime in ......

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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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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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Q&A: Dr Huhana Hickey

r Huhana Hickey (Ngāti Tahinga, Whakatōhea) is a research fellow at the Auckland University of Technology and an outspoken medical cannabis ......

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Drive drug free

Drug impaired driving is when substance use is the cause of impairment. Many prescribed medications can cause impairment....

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NZ ready for healthy drug law

The overwhelming result in favour of decriminalisation on last night’s The Vote, shows New Zealand is ready to ditch our outdated drug laws ......

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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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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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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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Survey reveals drug driving concern

Results from the Drug Foundation’s survey into driving and drugs suggest “cannabis driving” is a serious road safety issue in New Zealand....

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Unequal treatment before the law

Kelly van Gaalen is a stand-up New Zealander 
– a real good sort. Right now though, she’s in prison....

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NZ can have a compassionate, safe model for medicinal cannabis

Ross Bell and Kali Mercier address the Select Committee on the medicinal cannabis amendment bill...

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Medicinal cannabis bill should take account of Māori traditional healing

The place of Māori traditional healing and the use of medicinal cannabis products ought to be considered by the medicinal cannabis amendment......

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Opinion - Synthetic cannabis

It’s a glaring and obvious anomaly that substances like cannabis are illegal in New Zealand while “synthetic cannabis” – that has much the s......

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Did You Know: The facts about synthetics

Our new Did You Know video and poster explain what synthetic psychoactive substances are, why they are so unpredictable and dangerous, and h......

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2017 Symposium News Coverage

Listed here is news coverage of the 2017 Through the Maze: Health Drug Law parliamentary symposium...

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Mythbusters: The current drug control system works to reduce availability, increase prices and mitigate risks from drugs.

A paper by United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Executive Director Yury Fedotov last year makes the bold claim that the current “drug co......

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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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Mythbusters: P and tinny houses

Stories about P being pushed at tinny houses are now regular media fare. Just how true are such claims? Mythbusters pick away at the fiction......

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Mythbusters: New Zealand has the highest drug use in the world

Do we really? Or is it just that our bean counters are better at counting beans than others. Find out!...

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Mythbusters: Drugs are legal in Portugal

After massively reforming its drug policy at the turn of the century, Portugal stands as a global leader of evidencebased policy grounded on......

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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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Replace drug convictions with health referrals: Drug Foundation launches new model drug law

We're proposing a complete overhaul of New Zealand's drug laws. This is a start....

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Viewpoints: Medicinal cannabis paradigms, part 2

Dr Sam McBride counters that the evidence isn’t all that compelling and that the risks are not yet fully clear – despite the naïve naturalis......

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The cost of convicting young people

Our criminal justice approach under the Misuse of Drugs Act comes at a high cost to all involved, even just in terms of wasted tax dollars, ......

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A new State of the Nation report we released in January 2019 shows that while we are doing well in some areas, there is massive room for imp......

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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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