Welcome to NORML NZ
National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, New Zealand Inc. (1980)
Support for cannabis law reform continues to increase. A Herald poll from June 2014 shows most people want cannabis made legal or decriminalised – including 45% of National Party voters. This follows a Campbell Live poll of viewers that found 84% wanted to end cannabis prohibition. You can help make cannabis law reform an election issue this year!
GET ON THE ROLL AND VOTE THIS ELECTION!
NORML’s long-standing policy, renewed at our recent national conference, is to encourage supporters to vote for parties and candidates who will work to reform our cannabis laws. NORML is currently contacting all candidates and parties so we can let you know where they stand. As well as the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, indications so far are that ALL centre-left parties (Labour, Greens, and Internet MANA) support making cannabis a health issue, not a crime. Remember – the current government made it by only 40,000 votes, but a million people did not vote last election. Get on the roll and make sure you and your friends vote this election. [Enrol online, call 0800 36 76 56 or visit any Post Shop]
Safer.org.nz is a platform to allow New Zealanders who support cannabis law reform to easily and quickly email their MP, any other MP or all MPs! Help end cannabis prohibition in New Zealand: go to Safer.org.nz now!
NORML supports the intention of the Psychoactive Substances Act to regulate the controlled availability of low-risk drugs, but it should be widened to include cannabis. Allowing natural cannabis is the most effective way of closing down the market for more risky synthetic substitutes. [Read more][Sign our petition]
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Cannabis is the third most popular recreational drug in New Zealand (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 2 million Kiwis. According to government surveys, around 540,000 New Zealanders smoke pot regularly, while 70,000 light up every day despite harsh laws against its use. Our public policies should reflect this reality, not deny it. NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalise the responsible use of cannabis by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality cannabis that is safe, convenient and affordable.
Our 3 campaign themes:
NORML has adopted three campaign themes that have widespread support:
- Cannabis should be a Health Issue, not a Crime!
(focus resources on problematic abuse. Let the police focus on crime that matters)
- Allow Safe Legal Access to Medicine
(access to medicinal cannabis, similar to 18 states in the USA, Israel, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Canada etc)
- A Regulated, Taxable Market for Low-Risk Drugs Such As Cannabis
(access to low-risk drugs like cannabis should be regulated via an adults-only, taxable market similar to that in the Netherlands, or the way alcohol is regulated here)
There are too many smokers to arrest. It’s time to stop this racist,discriminatory “War on Drugs”. It’s time:–
- for cannabis to be allowed as safe, legal medicine
- for a regulated, adults-only, taxable market for low risk drugs, including cannabis.
The so-called “War on Drugs” is really a war on people. It divides communities and families. For 40 years, politicians have exploited this war as a vote-getter, but who are they kidding?
- New Zealand now has the highest arrest rate in the world for cannabis “crimes”, yet despite this,
- New Zealand now has, along with Australia, the highest teenage cannabis use rate in the world!
The “War on Drugs” has caused the deaths of many innocent people in NZ and elsewhere. The cost is huge – it is estimated the American taxpayer has paid one trillion dollars to fight this war. To what good effect? Stop the “War on Drugs” now!
It’s a Health Issue, Not a Crime
Ten years ago (in 2000) Portugal decriminalised all personal drug use. Drug deaths in Portugal went down 27%, the feared “drug tourism” did not happen, and teenage drug use has actually decreased. The new policy now has general support across all political parties.
- Drug users are not treated as criminals
- Those with drug problems receive treatment, not jail terms!
Why not New Zealand?
The New Zealand Law Commission says clinical trials should begin and Police should leave medicinal users of cannabis alone… Natural cannabis (plant material) is now officially accepted as a medicine by 18 of the states in the USA as well as many other countries including Canada, Israel, Germany and the Netherlands.
Why not New Zealand?
Prohibition: a Failed Experiment
In 2010, Californians almost voted for a regulated, adults-only, taxable market. In 2012 that became a reality for Colorado and Washington, both of which legalised and regulated cannabis in a similar way to alcohol. The NZ Law Commission says prohibition should be a “last resort”… Prohibition is an expensive, failed, policy experiment whose burden falls mostly on the young, the poor and Maori.
Why not change?