Tag Archives: Drugs

Decriminalising Drugs: The Truth About Portugal – Report — Family First NZ

A report published last year Decriminalising Drugs: The Truth About Portugal was written on behalf of the Swedish Drug Policy Centre about Portugal’s decriminalisation of drugs. Reference is often made by New Zealand drug advocates to Portugal as an example of a country with a ‘successful’ drugs policy, attributed to the decriminalisation policy it carried…

via Decriminalising Drugs: The Truth About Portugal – Report — 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…

via Significant Youth Cannabis Use Increases in Legalised US States — 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…

via Final Cannabis Law Reform Proposal Out — The BFD

9 students at Commerce City middle school taken to hospital after ingesting marijuana edibles — Family First NZ

 

Fox News Denver 9 March 2020Family First Comment: The consequences of legalisation “ “It’s important that kids know that not everyone is using marijuana. Oftentimes, children think, ‘Everyone’s doing it, so I should too.’” Eleven middle school students at Adams City Middle School in Commerce City consumed THC on Monday, sparking a criminal investigation, officials said. Most of…

via 9 students at Commerce City middle school taken to hospital after ingesting marijuana edibles — Family First NZ

New Zealand an attractive target for cartels in war against meth — Family First NZ

 

Stuff co.nz 10 March 2020Family First Comment: “We need to continue to disrupt the organised crime group and take their assets. We need to demonstrate to these organisations that organised crime activity won’t be tolerated in New Zealand, and it is simply not worth it. But on the other end we need to work with…

via New Zealand an attractive target for cartels in war against meth — Family First NZ

Youth Marijuana Prevention – Future Self – Health — Family First NZ

 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is working to educate Michigan teens about the harmful effects and consequences of drug use. It is our hope that Michigan teens and parents understand the dangers associated with substance abuse and the problems that may occur as a result

via Youth Marijuana Prevention – Future Self – Health — Family First NZ

Canadian doctors warn marijuana edibles pose greater risk of overdose — Family First NZ

 

CNBC 7 January 2020Family First Comment: “Baked goods, candies or other cannabis-infused edibles may not be as safe as people think, researchers at the University of Toronto warn. It takes longer for the body to absorb edibles than other forms of marijuana, sometimes delaying psychoactive effects from the drug by up to 4 hours. This delay may…

via Canadian doctors warn marijuana edibles pose greater risk of overdose — Family First NZ

Is marijuana linked to psychosis, schizophrenia? Doctors say yes. — Family First NZ

 

Is marijuana linked to psychosis, schizophrenia? It’s contentious, but doctors, feds say yesUSA Today 15 December 2019Family First Comment: Those sounding the alarm include the nation’s “mental health czar” as well as doctors in states including Colorado, California and Massachusetts where marijuana is legal for recreational use. They say the facts are irrefutable: excessive use of…

via Is marijuana linked to psychosis, schizophrenia? Doctors say yes. — Family First NZ

Most revellers would still take pills despite containing deadly ingredients (Aust) — Family First NZ

 

Daily Mail 10 December 2019Family First Comment: A study by Australian National University found less than 30% of those who had their pills tested were put off taking the drugs or planned to reduce their intake. Most revellers who had their drugs analysed in a pill testing trial at a music festival said they would still…

via Most revellers would still take pills despite containing deadly ingredients (Aust) — 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

A Flawed Reefer-endum — Family First NZ

 

The government has released its proposed law for legalising cannabis for recreational use (i.e. the right to get high). Voters will be asked: “Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legislation and Control Bill?” We would probably make the question “Do you support Cannabis Legislation and Normalisation?” PROBLEMS It will be legal to grow cannabis for personal use…

via A Flawed Reefer-endum — Family First NZ

Green’s Support For Dope on a High-ding to Nothing — The BFD | Media

 

It looks like the Green Party is starting to haemorrhage support for one of their most important policies, the right to blaze up willy nilly. According to the latest in a series of three surveys commissioned by New Zealand’s largest licensed medicinal cannabis company Helius Therapeutics, Green Party voters who said they would vote yes…

via Green’s Support For Dope on a High-ding to Nothing — The BFD | Media

Family First reports on Cannabis Legalisation in Canada — Family First NZ

 

Bob McCoskrie from Family First has a confession to make. He purchased drugs…. in Vancouver, Canada (where it’s legal to do so). Canada legalised marijuana in 2018 amidst promises of strong regulations and restrictions on the types of product sold. How’s that working out? And how should we treat similar ‘promises’ made in NZ?…

via Family First reports on Cannabis Legalisation in Canada — Family First NZ

Shane Reti: Should gangs be allowed to grow medicinal cannabis? — Family First NZ

 

NZ Herald 27 July 2019Family First Comment: Good commentary by National MP Dr Shane Reti…“As the proposals stand, active gang members can be in the powerful position of licence holders to manufacture cannabis. Even more bizarrely, active gang members will be able to apply for a licence and hold the licence while they are in prison…

via Shane Reti: Should gangs be allowed to grow medicinal cannabis? — Family First NZ

George Soros’ real crusade: Legalizing marijuana in the U.S. (and NZ) — Family First NZ

 

Washington Times 2 April 2014Family First Comment: “The pro-legalization movement hasn’t come from a groundswell of the people. A great deal of its funding and fraud has been perpetrated by George Soros and then promoted by celebrities. The truth is under attack, and it’s an absolutely dangerous direction for this country to be going in.”#saynopetodopeVoteNO.nz Billionaire philanthropist George Soros hopes…

via George Soros’ real crusade: Legalizing marijuana in the U.S. (and NZ) — Family First NZ

Darroch Ball: Pill testing stations no answer to party drug use — Family First NZ

 

Magic Talk 18 July 2019Family First Comment: Well said by NZ First’s Darroch Ball“Contrary to some arguments, this is not a ‘health based approach’, as the people who are taking the drug are not the ones being treated. It is the drug itself that is being tested for purity and additives, which does nothing to deter the users…

via Darroch Ball: Pill testing stations no answer to party drug use — Family First NZ

This Is De-facto Decriminalisation. — WOBH | Media

 

Everyone except the PM and David Clark agrees. This is de-facto decriminalisation. Laura Walters from Newsroom explains. A war of words is raging over the war on drugs, as the Health Select Committee reports back on the most significant piece of drug reform legislation in 40 years. Just to put things in perspective. The reform,…

via This Is De-facto Decriminalisation. — WOBH | Media

New Data By Koch-Funded Researchers Claiming Legalization Discourages Teen Use Is Deeply Flawed — Family First NZ

 

Smart Approaches to Marijuana SAM 8 July 2019Family First Comment: “If you truly think that the legalization, commercialization, and normalization of marijuana has led to less young people using it, I have a bridge to sell you.”– Kevin Sabet, SAM Today, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics purports to show the legalization of marijuana leads to…

via New Data By Koch-Funded Researchers Claiming Legalization Discourages Teen Use Is Deeply Flawed — Family First NZ

Why doesn’t the Government admit it is decriminalisation? — Kiwiblog

Laura Walters of Newsroom reports: A war of words is raging over the war on drugs, as the Health Select Committee reports back on the most significant piece of drug reform legislation in 40 years.The parties are divided over a single, but significant, clause in the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill, which enshrines police discretion…

via Why doesn’t the Government admit it is decriminalisation? — Kiwiblog

Trump Administration Win For Fighting HIV: Huge Donation Of Prevention Drugs — Daily Wire

On Thursday, President Trump, who stated in February that his administration had a goal to end the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years, announced that his administration had successfully worked with a pharmaceutical company to initiate a historic donation to eliminating the HIV problem in America.

via Trump Administration Win For Fighting HIV: Huge Donation Of Prevention Drugs — Daily Wire

Campaign For Nope To Dope Vote Already Making Impact VOTENO.NZ — Family First NZ

 

Media Release 7 May 2019 Family First NZ says that the debate around legalising marijuana is already underway and New Zealanders are quickly realising that while there is an appetite for safe and effective forms of cannabis medicine, there is a decreasing appetite for a soft approach to recreational use. In the most recent poll,…

via Campaign For Nope To Dope Vote Already Making Impact VOTENO.NZ — Family First NZ

Inside New Zealand’s meth crisis — Your NZ

NZ Herald has a 40 minute documentary on the ongoing meth (P) epidemic: Fighting the Demon Inside New Zealand’s Meth Crisis After failing to fix its 20-year methamphetamine crisis, New Zealand is gripped by the second wave of a devastating epidemic. The Herald spent six months with users, recovering addicts and those trying to save […]

via Inside New Zealand’s meth crisis — Your NZ

Cannabis referendum could be untidy — Kiwiblog

One News reports: While the specifics are not yet known, 1 NEWS understands the referendum will be broadly in-line with what the Green Party campaigned on at the 2017 election. It campaigned on legalising possession and cultivation, or growing of plants, for personal use of cannabis and introducing a legal age limit for personal use.…

via Cannabis referendum could be untidy — Kiwiblog

Modern medical marijuana is more potent, dangerous than ever before — Family First NZ

 

There’s nothing funny about today’s highly potent marijuana. It killed my son.USA Today 28 April 2019Family First Comment: “They clearly do not understand how the marijuana industry has irresponsibly manipulated pot into dangerously high levels of potency. My son could explain it to them. Or he could if he were still with us. “I want to die,” he wrote…

via Modern medical marijuana is more potent, dangerous than ever before — Family First NZ

Potent cannabis increases risk of serious mental illness, says study — Family First NZ

 

BBC News 20 March 2019Family First Comment: people who used cannabis on a daily basis were three times more likely to have a diagnosis of first episode psychosis, compared with people who had never used cannabis This increased to five times more likely for daily use of high potency cannabis#SayNopeToDope Smoking potent ‘skunk-like’ cannabis increases…

via Potent cannabis increases risk of serious mental illness, says study — Family First NZ

WILLIAMS: Marijuana, Mental Illness And Violence — Daily Wire

Ten states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Twenty-two other states, along with U.S. territories Puerto Rico and Guam, allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Let’s examine some hidden issues about marijuana use. Before we start, permit me to state my values about medical or recreational use of any…

via WILLIAMS: Marijuana, Mental Illness And Violence — Daily Wire

The Perfect Storm At The Border — America’s Voice

 

by Newt Gingrich A perfect storm is brewing in the Southern Hemisphere and making its way north to the United States. Heroin, fentanyl, and other opioids already pour through America’s southern border and this infiltration is one of three elements that will feed the perfect storm. Every day, 115 Americans die from opioid overdoses and…

via The Perfect Storm At The Border — America’s Voice

Exclusive: Cannabis reform gets big tick from public – Use it, don’t sell it — New Zealand Herald – Top Stories

Public support for cannabis law reform has soared in the past year especially for medicinal use of cannabis, a poll commissioned by the New Zealand Drug Foundation has found. Support for personal possession …

via Exclusive: Cannabis reform gets big tick from public – Use it, don’t sell it — New Zealand Herald – Top Stories