Cannabis referendum: reality check for political promises
31 July 2020
New Zealand’s plan to legalise cannabis is public health-oriented. But the proposed legislation may struggle to achieve goals such as restricting young people’s access to the drug, according to a leading substance use policy expert.
Call for coherent policy approach for tobacco, alcohol and cannabis
21 May 2020
The cannabis referendum could be the first step to an evidence-based policy approach to each of the psychoactive substances New Zealanders consume the most.
Medical cannabis may ease anxiety, chronic pain
5 February 2020
A new study of the first 400 patients in Aotearoa New Zealand assessed for medical cannabis suggests potential benefits for thousands of people beyond currently recognised uses.
Taking issue: What do we need to think about as we approach the 2020 Cannabis Referendum?
25 November 2019
Opinion: Three University of Auckland academics give us a steer on what to think about ahead of the cannabis referendum.
Cannabis legalisation and young people
6 September 2019
Opinion: Under-age children in your life? Chances are you will hold crucial decision-power in New Zealand’s upcoming referendum on cannabis legalisation, writes Benedikt Fischer.
Cannabis legalisation ... OK idea, bad timing
13 August 2019
Opinion: NZ could take time to evaluate the cannabis issue. Instead, we will be forced to make a choice on legalisation and hope we get it right, writes Grant Christie.
NZ’s potential cannabis policy pitfalls
22 April 2019
Opinion: The future prospects of cannabis control in NZ remain murky and undefined at this point. We need clarification ahead of this important decision.
Legalising cannabis: exploding the myths
22 January 2019
At next year's election, New Zealanders will vote in a binding referendum on personal cannabis use. Are we ready? Professor Benedikt Fischer talks to RNZ National's Jesse Mulligan.