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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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More Kiwi women open up about their struggles with booze

Living Sober's online community’s manager and Editor-in-Chief Lotta Dann today launched her second book, Mrs D is Going Within....

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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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Statement to the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem

New Zealand Drug Foundation civil society statement to the plenary of the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem...

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Leading New Zealanders join global letter calling for end to 'drug war'

Aotearoa New Zealand Leaders Join Over 1,000 Worldwide Calling for End to "Disastrous" Drug War Ahead of UN Special Session...

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Urgent response to drug deaths: accurate information is vital

The NZ Drug Foundation is calling on the NZ Police to release test results for substances suspected of leading to deaths of eight people in ......

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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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Kiwis excited to experience a month off alcohol

Starting this Sunday, New Zealanders from around the country are taking part in FebFast, an annual fundraising campaign that challenges part......

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FebFast 2015 to tackle NZ's rape culture

The New Zealand Drug Foundation is partnering with Rape Prevention Education for FebFast 2015, which will challenge participants to experien......

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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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International spotlight on drug driving

The lack of a thorough understanding about the complex issue of drugs and driving must not be an excuse for inaction – this is the theme of ......

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Online community reaches New Zealand's hidden problem drinkers

People struggling with their alcohol use now have a new online place where they can go to get help anonymously from others with similar expe......

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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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Amnesty period needed for 'legal high' possession

Police should hold off prosecuting people for possession of psychoactive products for the next six months, the New Zealand Drug Foundation u......

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Use powers in existing law says Drug Foundation

The announcement of changes to the Psychoactive Substances Act to remove currently approved ‘legal highs' from sale is disappointing due to ......

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Op-ed: Law change a comedown for legal high industry

Novel psychoactive substances first appeared in 2001, since then governments have repeatedly failed in attempts to ban this problem away bec......

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1/3 of NZ families affected by alcohol and drug problems

A third of New Zealanders have a family member who has experienced negative effects in their life due to alcohol or drug use, research commi......

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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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Submissions on e-cigs and drug utensils

In September the Drug Foundation made submissions on two Ministry of Health consultation documents: Policy Options for the Regulation of Ele......

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febfast lite for sevens hangover

People who overdid it at the Wellington Sevens last weekend can give their livers a break for the rest of February by signing up to febfast....

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febfast kicks off with a bang, still time to register

febfast kicked off 28 days of booze free bliss with a bang over the weekend and there is still time to register, febfast coordinator Natalia......

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febfast: prizes, events, friends

New Zealanders are four days away from embarking on the febfast challenge and a chance to feel healthier, win prizes, and help support young......

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Kicking off febfast with a bang!

The febfast challenge is kicking with a bang this year with two awesome events, febfast coordinator Natalia Albert said today....

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febfast registration free for an alcohol free February

febfast registration free for an alcohol free February...

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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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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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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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Drink driving drop good news

The New Zealand Drug Foundation supports the Government’s move to lower the allowable blood alcohol limit from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcoho......

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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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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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New drug policy needed to prevent young New Zealanders dying

A report released today about the deaths of young New Zealanders from poisoning shows the need for a new drug policy, the New Zealand Drug F......

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Hooray for healthy drug law

The passing of world leading legislation on new psychoactive substances takes New Zealand a big step closer to healthy drug law, the New Zea......

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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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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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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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Forty thousand febfast thanks

By pushing pause on booze for February hundreds of New Zealanders have helped raise over $40,000 to support young people with alcohol and ot......

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Drug law reform needed to end Māori over-incarceration, says Drug Foundation

The government must urgently act to end the persistent failure by the criminal justice system to address disproportionate Māori reoffending ......

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Alcohol Reform Bill: “Meh”

The passing of the Alcohol Reform Bill into law today was met with a resounding “meh” by the New Zealand Drug Foundation....

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Response to volatile substance abuse needed

Communities need to be better supported to address the serious issue of volatile substance abuse (VSA), the New Zealand Drug Foundation said......

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Dunne slays party pill hydra

New regulations for synthetic drugs announced today will help move New Zealand’s obsolete drug law into the 21st century the New Zealand Dru......

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Longer hours, more harm

The Government can still change the Alcohol Reform Bill to address harm caused by long trading hours of alcohol retailers, the New Zealand D......

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First FebFast recipients receive FebFast funds

FebFast New Zealand handed over a giant cheque for over $21,000 to Evolve Wellington Youth Service today....

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Christopher Kennedy Lawford visiting New Zealand

United Nations Goodwill Ambassador on Drug Dependence, Treatment and Care, Christopher Kennedy Lawford is visiting New Zealand this week to ......

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Drug treatment policy often misguided says criminology professor

Overcoming problem drug use has much more to do with addressing socio-economic factors than physiological or psychological addiction, a Drug......

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Addiction treatment in New Zealand requires urgent change

Addiction treatment in New Zealand has been seriously underfunded for many decades, National Addiction Centre Director Professor Doug Sellma......

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Alcohol select committee continues to disappoint communities

The Drug Foundation today expressed surprise that the Justice and Electoral Committee recommended only tinkering to the Alcohol Reform Bill,......

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No time for alcohol law reform delays

The Justice and Electoral Select Committee is still deliberating on the Alcohol Reform Bill. They say it’s proving and enormous challenge an......

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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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Opinion - Politicians need courage to achieve drug law reform

The Law Commission’s report on drug law reform is timely, smart and welcome. Now our politicians need the courage to respond....

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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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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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“The drugs just didn’t work anymore” – Drug websites put a human face on addiction

“I don’t want to go back down that road. It’s very dark, very messy, and very lonely in spite of the fact it feels so loving, and so nice, a......

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Price matters – Why the Government should reconsider its stance on raising alcohol excise tax

In light of the industry’s ongoing brazen attempts to seduce and recruit new generations of drinkers with pocket-money priced booze, our Gov......

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Well done on tobacco tax Prime Minister. Why not for alcohol?

The Drug Foundation added its support to the Government’s surprise announcement of an increase in the tobacco excise tax effective from toni......

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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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Why sensible suggestions on drug law should not be ignored

The government’s initial response to the Law Commission’s report on drug law reform is disappointing. Minister of Justice Simon Power’s decl......

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Modernising New Zealand’s drug law

New Zealand’s drug law has been rejected as obsolete and out-of-touch by the Law Commission in its review - Controlling and Regulating Drugs......

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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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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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Treatment smartest option for drug offenders

The New Zealand government could save millions of dollars by diverting New Zealanders with drug problems out of the court system and into th......

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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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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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Law & health must co-operate to reduce drug harm

A visiting British drug expert told the Healthy Drug Law Symposium in Wellington today that health and law enforcement professionals would b......

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Communities need to re-think drug attitudes

Not my family, and never my child. Tony Trimingham says that, like most people, he knew little about drug-taking and thought it wasn't somet......

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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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Drug policy symposium an unprecedented event

Organisers are calling this week’s Healthy Drug Law Symposium the most significant drug policy discussion in New Zealand’s history....

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Time for political consensus on alcohol

The Drug Foundation is urging all political parties to support a new alcohol bill announced by the government today, saying the bill address......

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Drug Foundation launches Volatile Substance Guide for Retailers

The New Zealand Drug Foundation today launched a guide for retailers on managing the sale of volatile substances....

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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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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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Experts to debate New Zealand drug laws

Drug policy makers, health professionals and politicians meet in Wellington next week to discuss the future of New Zealand's drug laws and p......

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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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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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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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Reducing drug demand a good investment

The Drug Foundation welcomed the Government’s increased investment in reducing demand for drugs, released today in a pre-budget announcement......

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Drug Foundation supports Minister's drug policy process

The Drug Foundation welcomed drug policy minister Jim Anderton’s announcement today to consult with the wider community before changing the ......

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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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High time for good drug policy

The New Zealand Drug Foundation today called for all political parties to stop treating drug issues as a publicity platform and instead deve......

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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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Party pill ban would ignore best evidence

The New Zealand Drug Foundation today warned against heeding calls to ban BZP, the active ingredient found in many 'party pills', because su......

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Muddled thinking behind drug policy criticism

Wellington coroner Garry Evans has ignored best practice and a wealth of international evidence in his criticism of New Zealand’s harm-minim......

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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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Astonishing results from free testing of illicit drugs at festivals

Many festival-goers take drugs. But last summer, a significant number decided against it after being told the drug they were about to take w......

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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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Helen Clark joins global drug policy commission

Former Prime Minister Rt Hon Helen Clark as the 25th member of the highly respected Global Commission on Drug Policy. The appointment is a w......

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New approach to dealing with drug use by HNZ tenants a welcome move

The Drug Foundation welcomes the Government’s announcement that Housing New Zealand will adopt a new policy when it detects methamphetamine ......

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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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Strong justification to rein in meth testing industry

Regulations to rein in meth testing industry announced, following report from Govt's chief science advisor...

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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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Lessons must be learnt from meth report

The report into HNZ’s response to "methamphetamine contamination" contains hard lessons for the government and its agencies. The harms cause......

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Drug law reform stacks up in dollar terms - new report

Cost benefit analysis undertaken by Sense Partners shows that the benefits of a package of drug law reform measures will outweight the costs......

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Synthetics drugs crisis prompts petition calling for boost to health support

A petition calling on the Prime Minister to back up her call to treat drug use as a health issue is live now. Please sign!...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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