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As the rest of the world moves towards legal cannabis for medicinal, recreational and industrial purposes, New Zealand cannot afford to be left out of this economic boom. Numerous financial, social and environmental benefits would result from legal cannabis.

Likewise, the 'legal highs' epidemic will not be resolved until natural cannabis is legal, taking the demand way from synthetics. However, the law will not change unless ALCP are in Parliament around the Cabinet table. Every vote counts. Join the party or become a volunteer today. Don't forget to get on the roll: www.elections.org.nz

Julian Crawford
ALCP Leader

New Regulation a Victory for Hookah Pipes

A new regulatory notice will tighten controls around some cannabis utensils but will relax the rules for hookah pipes.

The Ministry of Health notice removes hookah pipes from the list of cannabis utensils. This recognises that the traditional use of hookah pipes is to smoke fruit-flavoured tobacco.

The Ministry said there was little evidence to suggest that hookah pipes are being used to administer illegal drugs in New Zealand. Smoking of tobacco is subject to the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990.




ALCP Launch Electronic Membership Sign-ups

Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party today announced that they are beginning electronic membership sign-ups.

The Electoral Commission has given permission to ALCP to collect digitised signatures on memberships.

ALCP was also the first political party in New Zealand to accept Bitcoins as payment for memberships.

"Its all part of preparing the party for the future," leader Julian Crawford said. "We are expecting a huge boost to our membership from electronic sign-ups."

To join ALCP click here: https://www.alcp.org.nz/e-membership

Cannabis users not a significant crash risk

A five year study of drug use among New Zealand drivers killed in road crashes has found only a weak association with the use of cannabis.

Researchers at the Crown Research Institute, Environmental Science and Research, studied blood samples taken from 1046 deceased drivers, which were analysed for the presence of alcohol, illicit drugs and psychoactive medicinal drugs.

The research found what it called only a weak association of cannabis use among culpable drivers who had taken no other drug, citing what it calls an odds ratio of 1.3 while alcohol alone was an enormous ten times higher at 13.7.


Hundreds in Prison for Cannabis or Pipe possession

Hundreds of people are locked up for petty drug offences every year - many for crimes our top legal body says should not exist.

Justice Ministry figures show a significant amount of court time is taken up by minor drug cases, with nearly as many people imprisoned for possessing a small quantity of cannabis as for dealing.

Among these offenders are hundreds imprisoned for possessing a pipe, an offence the Law Commission recommended legalising last year.

Olive oil used by church lacks vital ingredient

An evangelical church which claims it can heal with olive oil is misleading the public because the oil lacks the vital ingredient, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says.

The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Bishop Victor Silva claims his olive oil will heal disease, but only if the person has faith in it.

However, the biblical anointing oil requires large amounts of cannabis to be added to the olive oil to give it its active healing properties, ALCP leader Julian Crawford said.

ALCP Opens Candidate Pool for Nominations

The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party has opened nominations for its candidate pool for the 2014 General Election.

Existing and new members are invited to state their interest in standing as an electorate or list candidate.

We are planing to stand electorate candidates in as many of the 71 electorates as possible, leader Julian Crawford said.


Australian Hemp Party may win Senate Seat

Video: www.abc.net.au

The West Australian division of the Liberal Party says there is a real chance a Queenslander campaigning on cannabis law reform could end up representing WA in the Senate.

The Palmer United Party (PUP) has preferenced the Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party lead candidate James Moylan ahead of the Liberals and other WA-based candidates.

ALCP announce Medical Cannabis Scholarships

With availability of medicinal cannabis looming as an election issue, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party today proposed founding tertiary scholarships for postgraduate students interested in researching medicinal uses of the cannabis plant.

ALCP Education Spokesman Vince McLeod suggested that an ALCP Government would use some of the windfall from cannabis law reform to establish tertiary scholarships for promising New Zealanders looking to research medicinal applications of cannabis.

Time for a Psychoactive Plants Act?

Psychoactive substances regulations exists to give government some measure of control over what substances people use, how they use them, and who uses them.

Cannabis is not regulated. It is prohibited. Paradoxically, in the case of cannabis, prohibition means that cannabis is almost entirely uncontrolled. Most people who want to use cannabis does so, including minors. For minors, cannabis is as readily available as alcohol.

Ostensibly, the purpose of cannabis prohibition is harm reduction. The three pillars of harm reduction are supply control, demand reduction and problem limitation. Under prohibition, there is no control of supply of, no reduction in demand for, and no limitation of problems caused by, cannabis.

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