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06 May

Understanding the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill live chat



Organiser: NZ Drug Foundation

#2 in our Live Chat series: On 1 May 2020 the Government released the final draft of the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.  This is the draft legislation New Zealanders will be voting on at the referendum on 19 September. On 6 May we ran a Live Chat session setting out key new features of the bill, and answering as many questions as we could. View on YouTube

It's a world-leading piece of public health legislation, which will put regulations in place to minimise the social and health harms of cannabis. The Drug Foundation is encouraging New Zealander to consider voting YES.

The purpose of the session was to provide an opportunity for everyone interested in drug policy a chance to understands just what they’ll be voting on. 

In the recording, this is the rough timing:

  • Ross Bell, Executive Director: overview and scene setting (running 0:00 - 4:00 minutes)
  • Kali Mercier, Policy & Advocacy Manager (running 4:00 - 28:00 minutes)
  • Q&A (running 28:00 - 54:00 minutes).

Understanding the Cannabis Control Bill Live Chat series

Wednesday 6 May: An overview of the Cannabis Control Bill [recording]  

Thursday 28 May: What it means for medicinal cannabis users [recording] 

Wednesday 10 June: Māori perspectives on the Cannabis Control Bill [recording]

Wednesday 24 June: Better outcomes for young people? [recording] 

Wednesday 8 July:  The case for a 'Yes' vote [recording]


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