Taking control of cannabis

A model for responsible regulation
Drugs and alcohol Cannabis New Zealand
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Taking control of cannabis (report) 2.19 MB

At the general election in 2020, New Zealanders will vote on whether cannabis should be legalised and regulated. The Government has made a responsible start on the proposed law, setting objectives around reducing the harms that cannabis can cause, especially for young people. They propose to set up a tightly regulated market, with oversight at every point in the supply chain.

This report discusses 7 key principles that the Government should consider when designing the draft law. They are:

  1. Keep health considerations central
  2. Prevent the development of a Big Cannabis industry
  3. Honour te Tiriti o Waitangi
  4. Value community interests
  5. Provide for education, prevention, harm reduction and treatment
  6. Don’t create harsh new criminal penalties
  7. Start cautiously


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