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Support for community-managed approach to cannabis reform

New research indicates significant support for non-commercial and community-managed approaches to regulate cannabis, with home-growing and a community trust approach among preferred options.

Justice Minister confirms recreational cannabis referendum at 2020 election

Justice Minister Andrew Little has confirmed that the referendum on recreational cannabis use will be at the 2020 election and will be binding.

New medicines bill out for consultation after a decade-plus in the making

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.

Medicinal cannabis bill passes third reading

A bill that gives terminally ill people a legal defence for using illicit cannabis products has passed its third reading in Parliament today.

Doctors to fight new abortion law

Group opposes any moves that erode rights in dealing with patients seeking terminations, writes Claire Trevett.

Govt announces proposed plans to ban vaping in bars, restaurants and workplaces

A ban on vaping in bars, restaurants and workplaces is being proposed as part of the Government's plans to regulate the product.

Opinion: Shamubeel Eaqub – Costing drug policy options

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.

Petition calls for more health funding not handcuffs to fight drug crisis

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.

Greens call for MPs to ‘walk the talk’, decriminalise drug use

A new report has suggested that decriminalising drugs should earn the Government half a billion dollars in benefits.

Treat drug use as a health problem: NZ Drug Foundation study

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.

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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