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Cannabis prohibition has failed to produce results for too long with both use and conviction rates remaining high. Our Government has committed to a national referendum on adult cannabis use by 2020. We need to have an honest conversation about cannabis so we can get better results for our communities.

What People are Saying

 “It's twisted to deny medical cannabis to people in pain."

“It's twisted to deny medical cannabis to people in pain."

Lucy Lawless
 

 "[There] may be a case for taking more flexible approaches to offences involving possession of small quantities of cannabis for personal use"

"[There] may be a case for taking more flexible approaches to offences involving possession of small quantities of cannabis for personal use"

Sir Geoffrey Palmer

 "We have a God-given right to use the plants that are available."

"We have a God-given right to use the plants that are available."

Beverly Aldridge
 

 "The world's approach to drugs simply isn't effective. The prosecute-and-punish model has had its chance and it doesn't work... it's time for significant change."

"The world's approach to drugs simply isn't effective. The prosecute-and-punish model has had its chance and it doesn't work... it's time for significant change."

Jack Tame

 "Prohibition is not good public policy. It has not been able to reduce the demand for or the supply of marijuana."

"Prohibition is not good public policy. It has not been able to reduce the demand for or the supply of marijuana."

Rt. Hon Helen Clark

   "Being dragged through the courts and everything that goes with it – especially if you’re vulnerable already – is a very definite health hazard."

 "Being dragged through the courts and everything that goes with it – especially if you’re vulnerable already – is a very definite health hazard."

Professor Max Abbott

 "Cannabis should be legally sold to adults in private social clubs"

"Cannabis should be legally sold to adults in private social clubs"

Dr. Chris Wilkins
 

  "We still spend significant sums of money on cannabis policing and convictions around dealing, the return on investment is staggeringly poor, education rather than punishment is the key."

 "We still spend significant sums of money on cannabis policing and convictions around dealing, the return on investment is staggeringly poor, education rather than punishment is the key."

Dr. Jarrod Gilbert

 "Any society which tolerates alcoholic consumption at the level at which we do and the prosecutes and punishes against cannabis has an extraordinary amount of self deception about it."

"Any society which tolerates alcoholic consumption at the level at which we do and the prosecutes and punishes against cannabis has an extraordinary amount of self deception about it."

Rt. Hon David Lange

 "It looks like The Government are going to eventually agree with what the rest of the world is saying.  In the meantime people are suffering"

"It looks like The Government are going to eventually agree with what the rest of the world is saying.  In the meantime people are suffering"

Sue Grey
 

 "Why would any politician say that cannabis law reform is not on the political agenda when survey after survey of Kiwis asked whether they support medicinal cannabis has found that 80-90 percent do?...  the pace of change in New Zealand is way too slow.... The harm from criminal convictions has got to stop."

"Why would any politician say that cannabis law reform is not on the political agenda when survey after survey of Kiwis asked whether they support medicinal cannabis has found that 80-90 percent do?...  the pace of change in New Zealand is way too slow.... The harm from criminal convictions has got to stop."

Alison Mau
 

 "If you want to eliminate dangerous synthetic cannabis, why not legalise the natural stuff"

"If you want to eliminate dangerous synthetic cannabis, why not legalise the natural stuff"

Neil Finn

 "I use cannabis daily so I can have a better quality of life... I'm taking cannabis unlawfully. I'm dying and that's not good enough to grant me an exemption, it's ludicrous."

"I use cannabis daily so I can have a better quality of life... I'm taking cannabis unlawfully. I'm dying and that's not good enough to grant me an exemption, it's ludicrous."

Helen Kelly
 

 "The time for cannabis law reform is now"

"The time for cannabis law reform is now"

Ross Bell
 

 "As a daughter who has watched her own father lose his painful battle with cancer, I am empathetic to families who try to access cannabis products illegally... I'm hoping change for affected families and patients is coming."

"As a daughter who has watched her own father lose his painful battle with cancer, I am empathetic to families who try to access cannabis products illegally... I'm hoping change for affected families and patients is coming."

Michelle Dickinson