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INTERNATIONAL "J" DAY Saturday 6 May 2000

The National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NZ) in association with the International Cannabis Campaign (UK) & Cures-Not-Wars (USA) presents:

INTERNATIONAL "J" DAY Saturday 6 May 2000

This will be the biggest event in support of marijuana law reform the world has ever seen, involving over one million people in over 100 cities including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin - and because of the time zones, New Zealand will spark it up for the world!

Show your support! Join us in calling for: - an immediate amnesty on arrests for using or possessing cannabis, so that we can have an open and honest debate about our cannabis laws, - the right of all adults to legally grow and use their own cannabis, - an Independent Commission of Inquiry to review marijuana prohibition and recommend alternatives.

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Despite the widespread use of marijuana, problems associated with it are almost non-existent, especially when compared to the other widely used drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Between them, the two legal drugs claim tens of thousands of lives every year, while no deaths have ever been properly attributed to marijuana.

For the average marijuana user, the greatest problems are caused not by marijuana use, but by the law.

The New Zealand government spends $100 million annually criminalising these otherwise law-abiding citizens on the grounds that marijuana use is dangerous, but they spend nothing on education about sensible marijuana use.

Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in New Zealand. 52% of all people aged 15-45 admit to having tried it, and 16% describe themselves as current users. The Netherlands now has a cannabis use rate a fraction that of New Zealand’s, with only 4.5% of adults regular users, and as other countries abandon strict prohibition, marijuana law reform has become the international norm.

Marijuana law reform is well overdue. The facts are on our side, and our time is now. Get up, stand up for marijuana law reform!

Show your support! stop the arrests > restore our rights > heal the sick with medical marijuana > heal the planet with hemp > sign our petitions, write a letter to your MP > bring a banner and your buddies!

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AUCKLAND: Saturday 6 May, Albert Park, from high noon - 6pm, free! Featuring Kink Kapisi, Cuba & Gizmo, Kaya, Jesse James & Sista Mystic, Dave Gideon, DJ Slowdeck, speakers include Nandor Tanczos MP, Les Gray, Danuiel Clark & Chris Fowlie (NORML). Info: call 09 302-5255 or norml@apc.org.nz

WELLINGTON: Saturday 6 May, Frank Kitts Park High Noon - 5pm, Free! Active Home Bass Crew, DJ Mu, The Blackseeds, Rainbow Country, speakers include Tim Barnett MP, David Hadorn MD & more. After: marijuana movie session Memorial Theatre Victoria Uni 7:30 - 9:30pm. After-party location to be announced. Presented in association with Radio Active. Info: call 025 377-509

CHRISTCHURCH: Saturday 6 May, in Cathedral Square, from high noon. Info: blair@technologist.com

DUNEDIN: Saturday 6 May, at the Octagon, from high noon. Info: 021 295-4622

Go to www.cannabis2000.com for the worldwide events, including locations in over 100 cities! USA: http://www.cures-not-wars.org UK: http://www.schmoo.co.uk/may2000.htm

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SUPPORTED BY: CANNABIS CULTURE, RADIO ACTIVE, SWITCHED ON GARDENER, PROFILE PLUS, COLLEGE HILL SOUND, VALLEY SOUND, & THE HEMPSTORE AOTEAROA

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Show your support! > come to J-Day! > bring a banner and your buddies! > tell 10 friends about J day, and get them to tell 10 friends! > please bring a donation > sign our petitions > write a letter to your MP > call talkback radio > Join NORML now!

www.norml.org.nz www.cannabis2000.com

The National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NZ (NORML NZ) was formed in 1979. NORML is a not-for-profit organisation that campaigns for an end to marijuana prohibition. NORML supports the right of all adults to use, possess and grow their own marijuana. NORML recognises that some commercial market for marijuana will always exist, therefore we call for the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry to look at how best to regulate that market.


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