Tag: Cannabis Referendum

A naive grower’s guide to great weed

An entirely hypothetical guide to cultivating your own cannabis plants.

Cannabis and psychosis: a referendum red herring

The connection between cannabis use and psychosis is far more murky than asserted by yesterday's article on The Spinoff, writes an expert in how psychoactive drugs modify brain and behaviour.

Cannabis is linked to a greater risk of schizophrenia. Why isn’t that part of the legalisation debate?

We've heard a lot about the social benefits a law change would bring, but precious little on the mental health risks it could also pose, writes Sophie Vreeburg.

The void in Labour’s justice policy

It is not too late for Jacinda Ardern to show real leadership on cannabis law reform.

I’m 80 years old. I’ve never touched cannabis. And I’ve changed my mind on legalisation

In 1967 I changed my mind on another referendum, about six o'clock closing.

New poll sparks hope for yes campaign in cannabis legalisation vote  

The new survey goes against months of recent polling on the referendum

Remembering The Daktory – West Auckland’s legendary cannabis club

What was the story behind New Zealand's first cannabis connoisseurs club?

A night in Gore with New Zealand’s most formidable conservative campaigners

Family First has been on tour over the election campaign, pounding out the message that voters should say no on both referendums.

Why our cannabis laws are racist

For two decades, the police have been allowed to turn a blind eye to low-level cannabis use and possession. The problem is they don’t always use the same approach for all cannabis users.

What does the cannabis referendum mean for your workplace?

Will you be able to blaze up at smoko? Probably not. What about at Friday night drinks? Well... it's complicated.

How to convince your grumpy uncle to vote yes in the cannabis referendum

Here are some effective strategies for convincing the sceptics in your life. 

‘Can my dog get high?’ and other questions about cannabis pet products

People aren’t the only ones who can partake in pot. Mirjam Guesgen delves into the world of weed for pets. 

The Side Eye: Weed versus Booze

On October 17 NZ will decide whether cannabis should be legalised and regulated. Toby Morris compares and contrasts weed with another popular drug: alcohol.

The green fairies at the forefront of New Zealand’s fight to legalise cannabis

On the Rag meets two women advocating for the legalisation of cannabis to hear why they're voting yes in this year's referendum.

Everything you need to know about the 2020 cannabis referendum

The bumper Spinoff guide to the vote on legalising cannabis.

On the Rag: The need for weed

Join Michèle A’Court, Alex Casey and Leonie Hayden as they find out what exactly we’re voting on in next month’s cannabis referendum, and discover how weed is a women’s issue.

Think we’re no longer criminalising people for using cannabis? Think again

Cannabis reform sceptics argue the police already avoid arresting people for possession of minor amounts. Are they right?

What it’s like to be raided by armed police for cannabis

An extract from the new book Weed: A New Zealand Story, by James Borrowdale. 

The Bulletin: Changes coming in managed isolation after 2nd escape

Changes coming in managed isolation after 2nd escape, Hamish Walker’s political career over, and expert advice released ahead of cannabis referendum.

Derailed by Covid-19, euthanasia and cannabis referendum campaigns gear up

Campaigners on how their plans have been affected by the recent crisis, and the risks of misinformation in a largely online battle

What 40 years following thousands of NZ people tells us about cannabis harm

Longitudinal studies have a huge amount to teach us about the impacts of using cannabis.

Here’s what we’ll be voting on in the cannabis referendum

If the country decides to vote yes, what will the new rules be?

The cannabis vote must not go up in a puff of misinformation

Just months from the referendum, myths and misinformation about cannabis legalisation continue to proliferate.

The Bulletin: Cannabis vote on a hot knife edge, polls show

Views on cannabis legalisation could hardly be tighter, the Papua New Guinea PM arrives in NZ, and bad light threatens cricket on the radio.

A compelling NZ academic argument to end cannabis prohibition – from 1975

Later this year New Zealand will vote on whether to legalise cannabis, but it's far from a new idea.

A real chance for New Zealand to end prohibition and its pernicious impacts

The bill unveiled this week represents an excellent opportunity to take control of the supply of cannabis.

Revealed: the shocking volume of an intoxicating drug you can legally buy

There have been concerns raised about the limit of cannabis that would be purchasable daily under a legalised regime. But what about the other drugs?