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Special cafes and approved retail outlets proposed for legal cannabis market

People will vote on a proposal for a legal cannabis market in 2020 with tightly controlled rules

The end of prosecutions for drug use and possession?

Several submitters told the committee that the wording in the bill would effectively decriminalise all drug use and possession.

Health select committee votes against inquiry into Pharmac funding model

Labour and New Zealand First MPs have voted against a select committee inquiry into Pharmac despite desperate pleas from women with advanced breast cancer.

Politics MPs question ‘postcode pricing’ of breast cancer drugs

Women with advanced breast cancer appear to be the victims of "global postcode pricing" of treatments, National says.

Ninety per cent of submissions on euthanasia bill say no to assisted dying

More than 90 per cent of Kiwis who made submissions on the euthanasia bill want the proposed law change scrapped.

Disappointment at CGT pushing alcohol and sugar tax off agenda

Health advocates are disappointed but pragmatic that alcohol and sugar tax reforms were sidelined by the Capital Gains Tax recommendation in the Tax Working Group’s final report. By Fiona Cassie

Strict immigration policies are having a negative impact on migrants’ health

Immigrants to high income countries, such as New Zealand, are facing health issues due to strict immigration policies. By Ruby Harfield.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford unveils new standards for all NZ rental homes

New Government rules will require every rental home in New Zealand to have a heater in the living room and an extractor fan in the kitchen and bathroom.

Wellbeing Budget to change measures of success

Ruby Harfield attends a discussion on this year’s Wellbeing Budget and getting wellbeing front and centre of the New Zealand policy environment.

Smoking to be banned in cars when children under 18 are present, Govt announces

Smoking will be banned in cars when children under 18 are present minister, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa has announced.

DR WELLNESS

More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.

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