Tag Archives: Cannabis

Cannabis use may be associated with suicidality in young adults — Family First NZ

National Institute on Drug Abuse 22 June 2021 Family First Comment: More proof that NZ dodged a bullet by voting NO…. “An analysis of survey data from more than 280,000 young adults ages 18-35 showed that … Cannabis use may be associated with suicidality in young adults Read More » The post Cannabis use may be…

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Ardern not revealing cannabis stance may have been ‘decisive factor’ in referendum result — Family First NZ

Stuff co.nz 8 March 2021 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s decision not to reveal her position on the cannabis debate during election campaigning could have been a “decisive factor” in last year’s referendum, academics believe. Ardern and her Labour Party did not take a public stance on the legalisation of cannabis during 2020’s election campaign, despite…

via Ardern not revealing cannabis stance may have been ‘decisive factor’ in referendum result — Family First NZ

Significant Youth Cannabis Use Increases in Legalised US States — Family First NZ

Media Release 22 December 2020 US state-level data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the most authoritative study on drug use conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), has found significant increases in youth cannabis use in several recently legalised marijuana states versus last year. At the same time, mental…

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Canada’s Cannabis Use Continues To Climb — Family First NZ

Media Release 23 December 2020 The latest data from Health Canada’s Canadian Cannabis Survey reveals that there has been three years of consecutive increases in use since legalisation, and that almost 1 in 3 Canadian males over 16 consumed cannabis in the past 12 months, and 1 in 4 females. In 2020, 27% of Canadians…

via Canada’s Cannabis Use Continues To Climb — Family First NZ

Kate Hawkesby: ‘We should be eternally grateful.’ — Family First NZ

NewsTalk ZB 2 November 2020Family First Comment: Once again, Kate completely nails it…“I found the pro-campaign heavily one sided. It was bolstered by the Drug Foundation and Helen Clark… all of whom put out endless amounts of information, or should I say misinformation – from it being about medicinal, to it coming out of the hands…

via Kate Hawkesby: ‘We should be eternally grateful.’ — Family First NZ

Final Cannabis Law Reform Proposal Out — The BFD

The final proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill is out. This post is about why, if you’re a conservative, you should vote yes in the Cannabis referendum. But first a summary: The Bill sets out a way for the Government to control and regulate cannabis. It proposes rules for growing, selling, buying, and consuming cannabis.The…

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“Sane, safe proposals for legislation of cannabis” — Your NZ

From the New Zealand Medical Cannabis Council: Medicinal cannabis industry welcomes sane, safe proposals for legislation of cannabis The head of the New Zealand medicinal cannabis industry association is welcoming the release of the cannabis legalisation and control bill that will be voted on at the referendum as part of the general election this year. […]

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Step Closer to Roadside Cannabis Testing — Family First NZ

 

Technology Networks 31 March 2020Family First Comment: Good news – especially if NZ makes foolish decision to legalise dope.“Scientists now report that they are one step closer to a convenient saliva test for measuring cannabis levels at roadside stops. “People have the perception that driving after smoking marijuana is safer than driving drunk, but both…

via Step Closer to Roadside Cannabis Testing — Family First NZ

Harete Hipango: Cannabis decriminalisation safer option to legalisation — Family First NZ

 

NZ Herald 4 March 2020Family First Comment: Excellent commentary by National MP Harete Hipango…“This is the reality of the people and communities I have worked amidst throughout my almost 30 years in criminal, family, youth, child welfare and mental health law. Do I have a bias? Most definitely.Cannabis addiction is a pre-cursor to ongoing and…

via Harete Hipango: Cannabis decriminalisation safer option to legalisation — Family First NZ

FAMILY RESOURCE: Marijuana Facts Teens & Parents Need To Know — Family First NZ

 

As the government pushes a soft line on drugs, including a referendum to legalise cannabis, our young people will be receiving conflicting messages about the safety of drugs, and that drug use is ‘normal’ and not that harmful. And as parents, you may be unsure how to tackle this during the family discussions that are…

via FAMILY RESOURCE: Marijuana Facts Teens & Parents Need To Know — Family First NZ

New Zealanders likely to vote against cannabis legalisation – 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll — Family First NZ

 

TVNZ One News 14 February 2020Family First Comment: Paula Bennett said the result showed that “people are realising that actually legalising recreational cannabis can’t be good for our mental health as a nation”.Exactly.#saynopetodope#VoteNO New Zealanders are more likely to vote against legalisation of cannabis in the upcoming referendum, according to the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton…

via New Zealanders likely to vote against cannabis legalisation – 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll — Family First NZ

OSU study: Smoking by students up where marijuana is legal, but binge drinking down — Family First NZ

 

Seattle PI 13 January 2020Family First Comment: The OSU study, published in the journal Addiction, found that occasional lighting up and more frequent cannabis use has increased most where it can be done legally. Overall use is up, but up 18% more in “legal” states, with an equal jump among those who use cannabis frequently. Marijuana use among…

via OSU study: Smoking by students up where marijuana is legal, but binge drinking down — Family First NZ

Abortion Referendum Please — Right to Life New Zealand

 

The following article is a guest post from the Average Thief Blog New Zealand should have three referenda later this year, not two. There will be referenda on the “conscience issues” of euthanasia (End of Life Choice Bill) and the legalisation of cannabis. There should also be a referendum for the most difficult conscience issue…

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Beware the influence of vested interests’ input into the cannabis debate — Family First NZ

 

Stuff co.nz 9 January 2020Family First Comment: Superb article warning of financial conflicts of interest by those arguing for legalisation of cannabis…“In the ongoing public discussion of New Zealand’s decision on cannabis it is valuable to hear all perspectives, but when these reflect only major corporate vested interests it would be reasonable to expect an indication…

via Beware the influence of vested interests’ input into the cannabis debate — Family First NZ

Evidence Shows Legalising Cannabis Is Social Injustice — Family First NZ

 

Media Release 8 January 2020 As pro-cannabis lobbyists and politicians in New Zealand argue that marijuana legalisation will increase social justice, disparities among use and criminal offence rates continue among race, ethnicity, and income levels in US states that have legalised marijuana. And a new paper published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law…

via Evidence Shows Legalising Cannabis Is Social Injustice — Family First NZ

Vaping THC: Reporters can’t ignore cannabis, mental illness links — Family First NZ

 

The true cost of cannabis: Why don’t its illnesses, deaths command media headlines?USA Today 3 January 2020Family First Comment: “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 2,561 people have been hospitalized with vaping-related lung illness and 55 have died. That’s one more death and over 50 more hospitalizations from two weeks earlier. CDCs says 80% of…

via Vaping THC: Reporters can’t ignore cannabis, mental illness links — Family First NZ

Tobacco Law vs Cannabis Law: Part One — The BFD

 

I had an interesting conversation the other day with a friend who is a smoker. She said that New Zealand’s tobacco laws are currently more restrictive than the proposed cannabis laws and that the penalties these days for being caught with illegal tobacco are worst than being caught with cannabis. So what exactly are our…

via Tobacco Law vs Cannabis Law: Part One — The BFD

Police Concerned Cannabis Reform Won’t Shut Gangs Out of Black Market — The BFD

 

Read all the concerns from the police – and then ask yourself, whose opinion do you trust more? The Police who deal with this every day, OR Chloe, Andrew, Helen and the Drug Foundation? Police concerns: One of the proposed benefits is to free up police resources but that is not actually the case. If…

via Police Concerned Cannabis Reform Won’t Shut Gangs Out of Black Market — The BFD

Province won’t turn a pot profit in next 4 years, budget shows (Canada) — Family First NZ

 

PressReader 25 October 2019Family First Comment: Next time the Drug Foundation and the Greens talk about how much tax money will be raised by legalising pot, tell them about Canada.“The province said the updated numbers reflect weaker consunption than initially predicted following cannabis legalisation in October 2018… After a year of legalisation, it appears the black…

via Province won’t turn a pot profit in next 4 years, budget shows (Canada) — Family First NZ

Swarbrick and Bennett debate legalisation of personal use of cannabis — Your NZ

On NZ Q&A last night Chlöe Swarbrick and Paula Bennett debated the legalisation of cannabis for personal use. This will be put to the public next year in a referendum. Bennett seems to have changed her mind. In May refused to debate Swarbrick – Cannabis referendum: Paula Bennett on why she won’t debate Chlöe Swarbrick […]

via Swarbrick and Bennett debate legalisation of personal use of cannabis — Your NZ

Cannabis use increases risk of psychotic cases — Family First NZ

 

The Australian 7 October 2019Family First Comment: The evidence is building, yet even Australian politicians want to put their head in the sand…The review of medical literature also examined Australian research, which concluded that regular cannabis users doubled their risk of experiencing psychotic symptoms — including schizophrenia — and were at an increased risk of screening…

via Cannabis use increases risk of psychotic cases — Family First NZ

The Cannabis Debate: Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Media — The BFD

 

Alison Mau is worried that the cannabis debate will be lost in a campaign of targeted disinformation. As she is part of the media, she should know. OPINION: Carole Cadwalladr is my new hero. If you’re at all interested in the effect of fake news on pretty much everything I cannot recommend too highly her…

via The Cannabis Debate: Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Media — The BFD

New Zealand cannabis hospitalisations more than double in decade – Ministry of Health — Family First NZ

 

NewsHub 14 August 2019 New Zealand’s cannabis-related hospitalisations have more than doubled in the past decade. New statistics, collected by the Ministry of Health, show that in 2008 only 192 people were released from hospital with a primary cannabis diagnosis. However, by 2018, this had increased to 505. Otago University Professor Joseph Boden, who has…

via New Zealand cannabis hospitalisations more than double in decade – Ministry of Health — Family First NZ

Cannabis poll: Support plummets for legal pot — Family First NZ

 

NZ Herald 17 August 2019Family First Comment: Superb!!“just 39% of responders to a new survey say they will vote yes. And a growing number of Green Party voters – whose party has pushed for the referendum – are saying they are now opposed to the bid to make pot legal.”Similar results to polls on Newshub and ONENews.…

via Cannabis poll: Support plummets for legal pot — Family First NZ

Work fears if cannabis legal — Family First NZ

 

Two thirds of construction industry members worried about the effects of cannabis law reformStuff co.nz 11 August 2019Family First Comment: “As soon as you use the word ‘legal’ the perception is that it’s OK to do it.”Anyone knows that – except the Government and the Druggie Foundation. Construction industry figures say recruitment of the already under-resourced…

via Work fears if cannabis legal — Family First NZ

Study claims legalising cannabis doesn’t make teens want to smoke it (Altho that’s not what the study says!) — Family First NZ

 

Legalising cannabis doesn’t make teens want to smoke it – studyNewsHub 9 July 2019Family First Comment: “It simply confirms that New Zealand would do well to wait and watch. At the end of the day, it’s a society-wide policy that will affect all age groups.” New research finding legalising cannabis doesn’t result in more teens taking…

via Study claims legalising cannabis doesn’t make teens want to smoke it (Altho that’s not what the study says!) — Family First NZ

NHS is forced to open Britain’s first clinic for cannabis psychosis — Family First NZ

 

Daily Mail 30 June 2019Family First Comment: “In recent years there has been a series of shocking killings committed by cannabis users who had developed psychosis due to their use of the drug. They often become delusional and hear voices.”Sign our petition today CannabisInquiry.nz Cannabis-induced psychosis has reached crisis levels, forcing the NHS to open the first clinic…

via NHS is forced to open Britain’s first clinic for cannabis psychosis — Family First NZ

Nope to dope — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jacinda Ardern has said that the government does not have a position on whether or not to legalise cannabis and that it is up to the public to decide in next year’s referendum. Two of the latest two new polls have revealed that more people would prefer the status quo than have legal recreational cannabis…

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Polls Agree – Kiwis Say Nope To Dope — Family First NZ

 

Media Release 10 June 2019 Family First NZ says that while the polling on preferred political parties is at odds, the polls on legalising cannabis released today are consistently showing a decreasing appetite for legalisation of recreational dope use. A Newshub-Reid Research Poll shows that 48% oppose legalisation, while 41.7% support it. The 1 NEWS…

via Polls Agree – Kiwis Say Nope To Dope — Family First NZ