Justice Minister Andrew Little has confirmed that the referendum on recreational cannabis use will be at the 2020 election and will be binding.
A long heralded replacement of the 1981 Medicines Act has been announced – the proposed bill excludes natural health products, adds tissue products, continues with direct-to-consumer advertising, brings in heftier penalties and a new regulatory body. Fiona Cassie reports.
A ban on vaping in bars, restaurants and workplaces is being proposed as part of the Government's plans to regulate the product.
Economist Shamubeel Eaqub of Sense Partners spoke to Emma Espiner about a new report that makes the case for a health-based approach to drug policy as not only the most compassionate but the best economic choice for Aotearoa.
A Health not Handcuffs coalition has launched a petition this week calling for a doubling of drug treatment and harm reduction funding in next year’s Budget – as people are continuing to die from synthetic cannabinoids.
A new report has suggested that decriminalising drugs should earn the Government half a billion dollars in benefits.
Treating drug use as a health issue and investing more money in treatment and harm reduction will more than pay for itself, a new report says.