Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Parliament votes down Greens' cannabis bill

8:46 pm on 31 January 2018

Parliament has voted down the Green Party's cannabis bill which would have allowed people to grow their own medicinal cannabis.

Chloe Swarbrick Photo: VNP / Daniela Maoate-Cox

The government's medicinal cannabis bill, which passed its first reading yesterday, lays the groundwork for a regulated medicinal cannabis industry and would only provide it for terminally ill patients.

However, Green Party MP Chloe Swarbrick's bill goes further and would allow people with debilitating conditions to use the drug.

Ms Swarbrick said before the vote that she had been crunching the numbers, and it was touch and go whether she would have the backing.

This evening Parliament voted against it 47 to 73.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Viva Scoop 3.0! Rounding Up 2018 And Looking Ahead

2018 has been quite a year for Scoop. We are so thrilled to have successfully met the funding target for the first stage of the ‘Scoop 3.0’ plan raising $36,000. This means we can now proceed with the planning phase for the delivery of this bold vision for a community-owned, participatory, independent newsroom... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Whether Trump Is Likely To Be Impeached

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and for wrapping a plea bargain under the Christmas tree for all ye formerly merry, Trump-connected gentlemen... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Australia’s Jerusalem “Compromise”

Morrison is a masterfully ignorant practitioner who finds himself in the arms of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yet still keen to press the idea that international law is being observed. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Brexit & Huawei Clusterfudges

Come December 2019, the West’s social democracies could be gone through quite a few changes at the top. More>>


UN Rights Declaration At 70: We Are All Born Free And Equal

On Article 1 of the UDHR: Dignity is the foundation of all human rights. Human beings have rights, and should be treated with utmost care, precisely because each one possesses intrinsic worth. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The (Delayed) Judgment Day For Theresa May

When under stress, British PM Theresa May reportedly eats peanut butter straight from the jar. Crunch time is looming... More>>