Month: January 2019

Sally Caswell: If we legalise cannabis we must keep business at bay

NZ Herald 22 January 2019  COMMENT: We must beware of extreme ideological positions in our cannabis discussion. In particular it would be good to acknowledge the “war on drugs” is not a particularly relevant concept. In fact we are moving towards…

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Attempts to Legalise Dope In Troubled Portugal

TRAFFICKING, ORGANISED CRIME, CONSUMPTION, PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES ALL ON THE INCREASE It is significant that political parties in Portugal are now pushing for the legalisation of marijuana in their country because they wrongly believe it will combat current problems around organised…

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Duncan Garner’s ‘big rethink’ on 2020 recreational cannabis vote

NewsHub 21 January 2019 Family First Comment: This is what happens when people fully think through the issue and don’t believe the smokescreens put up by the Green Party and the (Pro) Drug Foundation. Bring on the Referendum. #SayNopeToDope  www.VoteNo.nz Duncan…

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Too much screen time is giving kids health problems like obesity and poor motor skills

Stuff co.nz 18 January 2019 Family First Comment: Read our 2015 report on this issue https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/research/screen-time-2015/ Kiwi children who spend too much time on screens are becoming sicker, more obese, and more likely to be hyperactive, according to a new study. Commissioned by…

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Research shows smoking cannabis can be harmful to children, people with underlying health conditions

NewsHub 18 January 2019 Family First Comment:  “What we need to do is adopt a strategy that’s going to discourage use amongst younger people.” #SayNopeToDopeNZ A study in Christchurch has found that cannabis is harmful to children who smoke it, and…

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Free Public Wi-Fi Should Block Porn – Poll

A nationwide poll has found strong support for cafes, libraries, and other public places which offer free Wi-Fi to be required to block access to pornographic websites. In the independent poll of 1,000 New Zealanders by Curia Market Research, respondents…

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Health researchers: Wrong to imply cannabis is harmless drug

Researchers warn cannabis risks being downplayed Stuff co.nz 18 January 2019 Family First Comment: Everyone knows this. But the pro-drug groups try to pretend they don’t exist or don’t matter. The reason there’s laws around drug use like marijuana is exactly…

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Twelve Myths About Physician Assisted Suicide and Medical Aid In Dying

MD Magazine 7 July 2018 Family First Comment: An excellent summary… #protect www.rejectassistedsuicide.nz Introduction In an age of “alternative facts,” it’s hard to sort out myth from reality when it comes to so-called “medical aid in dying” (MAID), also called physician-assisted…

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Is marijuana as safe as we think?

The New Yorker 14 January 2019 Family First Comment: A must-read book… Berenson used to be an investigative reporter for the New York Times, where he covered, among other things, health care and the pharmaceutical industry. He had the typical layman’s view…

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