Month: August 2020

Euthanasia referendum: An oncologist’s perspective

Stuff co.nz 6 August 2020 Family First Comment: An excellent commentary – from someone who is intimately involved in this issue…. “The other day I phoned a patient to discuss the options for treatment of her cancer and she pleaded…

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Cannabis referendum: Andrew Little, Auckland University researchers trade barbs over NZ Government’s ‘unrealistic’ voting material

NewsHub 5 August 2020 Family First Comment: The Government tries to argue through their pamphlet that ‘the Bill’s purpose is to reduce harm to people and communities’, but that is purely the view of those lobbying for change,” spokesman Aaron Ironside…

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More education about cannabis needed, speakers tell Timaru

Stuff co.nz 4 August 2020 Family First Comment: “Aaron Ironside could not see how any new law which allowed a person to grow only two plants could be policed. Using statistics from other countries that had legalised the drug showed…

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Kate Hawkesby: Legalising cannabis – why would we be so dumb?

NZ Herald 4 August 2020 Family First Comment: Well said, Kate “Why are we playing with fire here? Why would we want to normalise this and pretend the harms aren’t real? Often the people arguing for cannabis legalisation are adult casual…

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New Colorado Data Shows Youth Marijuana Use Increasing

Media Release SayNopeToDope NZ 4 August 2020 A new survey just released by the state of Colorado has found that marijuana use has increased in the last two years with nearly 21% of young people in the state reporting past…

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Claims on Govt Cannabis Pamphlet Labelled As “Inflated”, “Unrealistic”, “Unachievable” – NZMJ

Media Release SayNopeToDope NZ 3 August 2020 The claims on the cannabis referendum pamphlet sent to households by the government have been labelled as ‘inflated’, ‘unrealistic’, and ‘unlikely to be achievable’ in the latest edition of the New Zealand Medical…

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Violence, long hours, and stress: The state of New Zealand’s teaching workforce

Stuff co.nz 3 August 2020 Family First Comment: No surprises and it will get worse as we undermine parents and criminalise them for simply wanting to raise respectful obedient children Teachers are experiencing significant levels of stress, burnout and in-classroom violence,…

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Mary Cannon: Cannabis is harmful for young adults and teens

NZ Herald 3 August 2020 Family First Comment: Superb article pushing back on the narrative that ‘cannabis is less harmful than alcohol’… “Cannabis, on the other hand, is strongly associated with psychotic symptoms and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. In fact,…

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TP+ Election 2020: Cannabis referendum

Join host Alistar Kata and our panel of guests every week as they discuss the upcoming election from the Pasifika perspective. In this year’s election, New Zealanders will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether the recreational use…

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