Cannabis press gallery

We curated a list of selected press items from New Zealand media to provide information relating to the cannabis referendum. This list is no longer updated.

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Commentary in the media

No longer updated | Last updated: 15 September 2020

September 2020

  • This explainer from 1NEWS briefly outlines – in both video and written form – how the cannabis referendum will work.
  • A legal cannabis market could result in an initial spike in use that would recede longer-term, as well as generating Government revenue of $675 million per year. These figures come from modelling published in two reports by Business Economic Research Ltd (Berl). Read coverage of the reports and their findings in this NZ Herald article by political reporter Derek Cheng, or listen and read on RNZ.
  • Would legalisation change the ‘race-based’ targeting of Māori? Stuff national correspondent Carmen Parahi speaks to a group of people with diverse opinions about the legalisation of recreational cannabis use.
  • In this wide-ranging kōrero, drug researcher Associate Professor Chris Wilkins and Hāpai Te Hauora chief executive Selah Hart discuss the referendum with The Spinoff’s Atea editor Leonie Hayden for an episode of ‘Conversations that count – Ngā Kōrero Whai Take’. Listen and read a synopsis on The Spinoff
  • Juliet speaks to Kathryn Ryan on RNZ‘s Nine to Noon about the cannabis evidence summary. Listen to the interview on the RNZ website

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September 2019

August 2019 and earlier