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Moving to a healthy drug law by 2020

NZ Drug Foundation has developed a new model drug law based on evidence and experience. We believe it makes a lot of sense and would go a lo......

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Future drugs

All around the world, things are rapidly changing. There are signs the War on Drugs may be running out of steam, new technologies promise ne......

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New GCDP report, feat. Rt Hon Helen Clark    

Helen Clark: Decriminalising drugs is the “hardest of all issues.”...

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Under the irrelevant and outdated Misuse of Drugs Act, cannabis penalties and convictions in New Zealand remain inconsistent, disproportiona......

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2017 Symposium News Coverage

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

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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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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The Misuse of Drugs Act is outdated.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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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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Global leaders call to regulate drugs

Kali Mercier gives a brief rundown of a recent Global Commission on Drug Policy report and its implications for the War on Drugs abroad and ......

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A Kiwi in the land of legal cannabis

The Drug Foundation's Stephen Blyth visits US states where it's legal to possess, use and sell cannabis...

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Matters of Substance - July 2017

In the July 2017 issue of our magazine we introduce Whakawātea te Huarahi, hit the road in the USA, hear from Johann Hari, and more....

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Shifting to healthy drug law by 2020: 2017 Speaker and Soup

Following our July symposium, we’re keeping up the momentum with a new Speaker and Soup series to show people what Whakawātea te Huarahi is ......

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Enlightenment at the end of the maze

Our Through the Maze symposium in July was a starting point for change....

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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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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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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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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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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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Policy & Advocacy

This section includes details of the areas that the NZ Drug Foundation is actively working on....

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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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Drivers of change

What hope is there that this is the direction law makers will take in our new Parliament? Emma Espiner examines the prospects....

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Economics of drug law reform

We've always known that drug law reform is socially responsible. Now we know it's fiscally responsible too....

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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: 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: Johann Hari

British journalist Johann Hari’s book Chasing the Scream is still being widely read around the globe. Q&A asked the award-winning author for......

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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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Where do you stand?

To keep up pressure for a move to healthy and just ways of dealing with drug problems, New Zealanders are invited to join the global Support......

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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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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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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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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 outlines solid case for law reform

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark told people working in the addictions treatment sector we need a fresh approach to drug policy. This inclu......

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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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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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The War on Drugs is killing Kiwis - we must choose a different approach

New Zealand’s recent deaths from synthetic cannabinoids are deeply tragic and should never have happened. A report released yesterday by the......

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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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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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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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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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Q&A: Costing drug policy options

Economist Shamubeel Eaqub talks to Emma Espiner about a new report that makes the case for a health-based approach to drug policy as not onl......

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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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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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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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Is Norway set to spark a drug policy revolution?

Until recently Norway has been wed to conservative drug law. This looks like it will change in a recent, sudden and surprising turn of event......

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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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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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Guest editorial: Towards global drug policy pathways that work

Ahead of the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs in 2016, the Global Commission on Drugs proposes a new drug control regim......

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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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HR17: Harm reduction from the users' perspective

Crucial lessons for New Zealand: Last month two Drug Foundation staff, Samuel Andrews and Gilbert Taurua travelled to Montreal, the architec......

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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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Viewpoints: The Brownfield Doctrine

With global drug policy coming under the spotlight in the lead up the UNGASS 2016, we take a look one part of a playing field on the move....

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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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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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Drug law reform - A global snapshot

In light of the Law Commission's review Sanji Gunasekara looks at recent efforts in other jurisdictions to reform drug law....

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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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Q&A: Greg O'Connor

Greg O'Connor has seen a lot of change since he was elected President of the NZ Police Association....

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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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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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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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UNGASS 2016: What prospect for change?

The NGOs closest to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem in April aren't expecting dramati......

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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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Shifting to drug law that works for Māori: Kaikohe Hui Report

Concerns at worrying levels of drug use within some communities in Northland underpinned calls for action at a hui run by the Drug Foundatio......

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Sounding the drug war retreat

There are clear signs that the global consensus on drugs is becoming increasingly fractured, writes Ann Fordham....

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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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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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Getting real about synthetics

Naomi Arnold takes another look at our alarming death rate from synthetic cannabinoids and at some real-world responses from people working ......

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The big ask: Ensuring the best legalisation referendum question

There is no clear picture of what question will appear on the cannabis referendum ballot or how that question might be arrived at. The detai......

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Through the maze - healthy drug law reform

The Law Commission's review of the Misuse of Drugs Act cannot come soon enough. The Drug Foundation has some ideas about how a new Act shoul......

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Little by little

Sex addicts are comic gold, coffee addicts are the epitome of urban cool, but drug addicts? Media coverage always needs two sides, so when t......

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