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Start the Conversation: cannabis referendum

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Last week taught us all how desperately Kiwis need as much info on what is happening with cannabis in New Zealand, and what this means for us all.

People were somewhat bewildered by the National Party putting forward a medical cannabis Bill that was more liberal and detailed than the sitting government, as it allowed local production, use for chronic pain, and a medical card system. Start the Conversation was not surprised by this: 45 deaths by synthetics over the last year, over 2000 convictions for cannabis possession, and gangs continuing to control a lucrative black market are not problems we can continue to ignore.

Our Winter Panel this Sunday 5 August at 7pm at the Pumphouse Theatre in Auckland, will be a chance for all to hear what medical cannabis is, why this argument has become so intense, and the options which are available for a cannabis market that ends unjust convictions and allows access to those in need. We will also discuss what a local industry of production, sale and testing of products (for THC and CBD levels) could look like with panellists including Lucy Lawless and former NZ Olympian Marc Willers.

Our resources page is clear that there is a wealth of evidence of cannabis for chronic pain, yet only terminally ill individuals will be able to access it under Labour’s medical cannabis bill. This is another strange denial of reason, and we implore you to check our resources page to hold the debate to account: https://www.conversation.org.nz/resources

We believe that in the face of such clear mistruths, it is more important than ever to bring our society together this coming Sunday to talk our current mess through and reach for a solution as an engaged collection of citizens from all political parties.

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