New Zealand Parliament Approves Medical Marijuana Legislation

New Zealand’s parliament on Tuesday passed legislation to legalize medical marijuana through its third and final vote.

The legislation will now go through Royal Assent (a formality for a measure to become law), and will take effect the following day. Rules to regulate licensing and quality standards will be established in the next 12 months, reports the Marijuana Business Daily. The bill also removes cannabidiol as a controlled drug, instead making it a prescription medicine.

The initial bill would have allowed for cannabis use by anyone with a diagnosed terminal illness – which would have greatly limited its application. That was broadened in the final months of debate to include any patient requiring palliation.

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Poll: 64% of those in New Zealand Support Legalizing or Decriminalizing Cannabis

new Zealand According to a new poll commissioned by the New Zealand Drug Foundation (NZDF), a strong majority of those in New Zealand support either legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis.

According to the poll, 33% of New Zealanders believe cannabis should be legal, with 31% believing it should be decriminalized. Just 34% – or roughly 1 in 3 – feel that cannabis should remain illegal for personal use.

In addition, 52% support legalizing cannabis cultivation, and 66% support legalizing medical cannabis.

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Majority of Those in New Zealand Favor Cannabis Law Reform

A new HeraldDigiPoll survey has found that a majority of those in New Zealand favor either the decriminalization of cannabis, or its outright legalization.

The New Zealand flag.
The New Zealand flag.

According to the poll, just 45% of New Zealand residents favor keeping cannabis illegal. Approximately 32% favor decriminalizing cannabis, and an additional 20% favor its full legalization. In total, 52% of New Zealanders favor the reformation of the nation’s cannabis policies in some way. Less than 3% are undecided.

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The Top 10 Cannabis Consuming Countries

world The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime recently released its annual World Drug Report, which provides a detailed analysis of drug trafficking and usage rates throughout the world. Using data from this report, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 countries that use cannabis the most, based on the percentage of the country’s residents that have consumed cannabis in the past year.

 

10. Czech Republic

Percentage of cannabis consumers: 9.20%

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Cannabis Museum to Open Soon in New Zealand

A cannabis museum, displaying the history of cannabis and cannabis activism in New Zealand, will officially open on October 6th in Dunedin, kicking off Cannabis Awareness Week. The museum is a collaboration between the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, and Otaga NORML.

The logo for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party.
The logo for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party.

The museum will consist of numerous displays designed to educate visitors on various aspects of cannabis use, cannabis law reform, etc.. Merchandise, such as t-shirts, will be sold to help with funding.

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