Cannabis use is a reality in New Zealand. Despite almost 55 years of prohibition, it is New Zealand’s most widely used illicit drug. Evidence shows that up to 80% of New Zealanders will use cannabis at least once before they turn 21. New Zealand could, like a growing number of other jurisdictions, face the reality of widespread use and legalise it and place appropriate regulation around use and supply. Next year, New Zealand will have the chance to make a historic decision on that.
This in-person seminar event at AUT featured a conversation between Chlöe Swarbrick and Helen Clark, facilitated by THCF Executive Director Kathy Errington. We also co-hosted a Parliamentary Symposium and the Unify Rally alongside the New Zealand Drug Foundation, with Rt Hon Helen Clark speaking at both events.