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Science and the cannabis referendum

To help people decide how they will vote in the upcoming referendum on cannabis legalisation, the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor has published a video summarising what is known about the possible impacts of legalising cannabis in New Zealand.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Is marijuana less dangerous than alcohol, as Barack Obama claims?

Barack Obama claims smoking marijuana is less dangerous for health than drinking alcohol.
Discussion paper

NZ’s cannabis referendum 2020

A referendum this year will ask the public whether they support legalising the use of cannabis, accompanied by regulation, education and taxation. This discussion paper updates the overseas evidence and assesses the government’s proposal.

Cannabis: how it affects our health

This report summarises the current research evidence on the health impacts of cannabis and cannabinoids to assist these communities in considering the opportunities and risks associated with cannabis use.

Taking control of cannabis

The New Zealand 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...
Discussion paper

The case for YES in the 2020 referendum on cannabis

Like many countries around the world, cannabis use is a reality in New Zealand. The result of the nation's current policy approach damages health, worsens social equity, and drives up crime. The status quo is unacceptable, and this paper examines how New Zealand can do...
Discussion paper

Medicinal Cannabis Scheme: public consultation document

The Ministry of Health has opened public consultation on the proposals for the medicinal cannabis regulations needed to support the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme.

Marijuana legalisation in the United States: an Australian perspective

This paper outlines the regulatory requirements of different U.S states for managing medicinal and recreational marijuana use, and the costs and benefits of these measures.

Police diversion for cannabis offences: assessing outcomes and cost-effectiveness

This study supports previous findings that diversion for minor cannabis offences can save money and lead to better social consequences.

The economic and social benefits and costs of legalising recreational cannabis in Queensland: a preliminary examination

Cannabis has been consumed in Queensland in large amounts for many decades. However, consuming cannabis for recreational purposes is currently illegal. Queensland has the highest number of cannabis related arrests of any Australian state or territory, including for the past 15 years, with 23,850 arrests...