Month: August 2020

NZ-grown cannabis medicines as early next year after new licence for Helius Therapeutics

NZ Herald 18 August 2020 Family First Comment: “High quality and affordable New Zealand-grown cannabis medicines could be available for patients next year after the country’s largest company in the sector secured a new commercial licence… Helius chief executive Paul Manning…

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Concerns over cannabis use at work

Otago Daily Times 15 August 2020 Family First Comment: Mr Hardy expects more positive tests to follow cannabis legalisation. “We’ve seen … the data coming out of the US, where they had a 75% increase of positive rates for marijuana.…

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James Farmer QC: Cannabis Legal Reform – Arguments For And Against

James Farmer Q.C. 13 August 2020 Family First Comment: Excellent legal commentary on the possibility of legalising cannabis for recreational use. Rebuts the arguments used by drug advocates: * cannabis is no more harmful than alcohol and it is legal…

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Illegality Keeps Cannabis Use Low & Decreasing – Youth’19

Media Release SayNopeToDope NZ 14 August 2020 The SayNopetoDope campaign says that new data from Youth19 Rangatahi Smart Survey has confirmed that the illegal status of cannabis is keeping young people from experimenting with cannabis in the first place, that…

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Systematic review uncovers cannabis withdrawal syndrome among 47% of regular cannabis users

PsyPost 11 August 2020 Family First Comment: More harms – which will increase with legalisation… “The findings suggest that almost half of regular marijuana users will experience cannabis withdrawal, something the authors say many people are unaware of. Cannabis withdrawal…

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Kiwi scientist Sean Davison struck off over role in assisted deaths in South Africa

Stuff co.nz 11 August 2020 Family First Comment: Good decision. This is why assisted suicide is never safe “Davison admitted administering Burger a lethal concoction of drugs, “placing a bag over [Varian’s] head and administering helium with the intent of helium…

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Pokie gambling costing economy $400 million a year – report

NewsTalk ZB 11 August 2020 A new report shows pokie gambling in New Zealand pubs and clubs, is costing the retail sector more than $400 million  a year. The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research report was commissioned by The…

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Where the two major parties stand on legalising cannabis

Election 2020: A National-Act Govt may not legalise cannabis following a ‘yes’ vote NZ Herald 12 August 2020 Family First Comment: Summary – National will put the brakes on. Labour will have it in law by lunchtime. A majority “yes” vote…

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Cannabis Legalisation Is ‘Appropriating Issues Of Systemic Injustice For Personal Gain Profit’

Media Release SayNopeToDope NZ 12 August 2020 A social justice advocate from Washington DC says that the idea that legalising cannabis is going to deal with systemic injustices and inequalities is naive at best if not outright appropriating issues of…

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Kate Hawkesby: Covid is hiding government failures

NewsTalk ZB 11 August 2020 Family First Comment: “I’m not sure whereabouts the mental health part got ignored in trying to legalise cannabis, but adding cannabis to the mix in a country awash with mental health issues doesn’t seem like the…

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