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Its a nail biter!

Its a nail biter!

The preliminary results were released today for the cannabis referendum show the yes vote at 46.1% with the no vote higher at 53.1%.
But with 480,000 special votes yet to be counted there is still a chance the yes vote could win the referendum

Final results will be released on the 6th November.

See the full preliminary results here: https://www.electionresults.govt.nz/electionresults_2020_preliminary/referendums-results.html

THANKS! to all our volunteers and supporters

THANKS! to all our volunteers and supporters

For security reasons, we have had to keep all our amazing volunteers anonymous – UNTIL NOW!
Please give a big round of thanks and appreciation to the MIL volunteer team:

Campaign Manager:  Sandra Murray

Social Media Moderators

HUGE thanks to this utterly dedicated group of volunteers. The MIL Facebook page averaged 3,000 comments per day and this team moderated around 18 hours a day filtering out abuse; getting rid of trolls and fake profiles; engaging with people to stop misinformation and answering questions on an extraordinary range of topics. We cannot thank them enough for remaining calm (mostly) and answering the same questions over and over and over and over and …….

Kate Milnes

Helen Leggatt

Matthew Elrod

Worik Stanton

Jo Wrigley

Jason Stevens

Deb Lydford

Elliot Ingram

Sandra Murray

Michael Smith

Nandor Tanczos

 


Social Media

All our Top Fans and commentators, especially: Associate Professor Joe Boden, Professor Julian Buchanan, Hoto Te Whitu, Martin MacGregor and Graeme Woller (you have no idea how much we appreciated your help!).

Social media content creation & Instagram: Cat

Website, social media and video content:
Thanks to Michael Smith, Rebecca Reider, Angelina Stanton, Sandra Murray, Eddie Larson (video editing), Benny Mack / Reopen (video editing), Andrew Streb (Animations) and all the others who didn’t want to be named.

Local Groups

Southland: 
Leads: Anntwinette Grumball & Kate Milnes
Dunedin & Otago:
Leads: Bert Holmes &  Worik Stanton
Canterbury:
Lead: Michael Smith
Asher, Inga, Jade, Irinka, Mike, Snap, Scott, Ani, Chris, Sean, Daniel, Ryan, Ben, Luke, Keiller, Rick, Alex, Rebekah, Thor, and everyone else who helped us out!
Nelson:
Lead: Te Aroha Knox
Wellington:
Lead: Jacob Heatherington
Michael Riddell, Andy Duncan
Wairarapa:
Lead: Jared Renata
Palmerston North:
Lead: Tayte Cozens
Auckland & Northland:
Lead:  Sandra Murray
Stephen Groves, Zac Russell, HazBro, Martin Anderson, Lephi Peneha


Make It Legal Aotearoa New Zealand Trustees

Worik Stanton Metiria Turei Nandor Tanczos Rebecca Reider


Other support

Hoodies and T-Shirts: HigherNZ
Bumper Sticker sales: Cosmic & Hempstore
Ashleigh the Advocate

Extra Special Thanks

Thank you.… to all the amazing people who donated and supported us to run the best campaign possible – especially all the people who donated regular amounts into our account for months and were the backbone of our entire social media campaign ($4.20 was popular!).

Everyone who put a banner on their fence and held a sign at a picket

RS  – who rescued us from Covid-19 and helped everything get bigger and better

And a very big thank you to our families, who had to put up with us being absent, preoccupied and obsessed with Make It Legal for a protracted time 
xxxxx much love

 

 

Make It Legal hails Advertising Standards Authority decision

Make It Legal hails Advertising Standards Authority decision

The decision of the Advertising Standards Authority, released today, is a victory for truth over disinformation says the Make It Legal campaign.

The ASA received a complaint (no. 20/412) about an advertisement put out by the Make It Legal campaign pointing out the negative consequences of keeping prohibition. One of those consequences was “Patients with serious conditions can’t access medicinal cannabis”, and this was the subject of the complaint. The ASA ruled that there were no grounds for the complaint to proceed.

“The Noper campaigns, guided by their US handlers, has been pulling a range of dirty tricks against us.” said Make It Legal spokesperson Sandra Murray “This is just part of that. Spurious complaints, trying to get us banned from social media, sowing misinformation and confusion, it’s all par for the course. New Zealand people and New Zealand institutions will not be swayed by these kinds of tactics”

“One of the many reasons that people are voting ‘yes’ to the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill is that they know it will improve access for medicinal cannabis. The no-sayers know this and are desperate to convince people otherwise. It won’t work. This decision reconfirms what we all know.”

“For the Make It Legal campaign, it’s about keeping it true. We are glad the ASA supports that”.

What the cannabis referendum has to do with Smokefree 2025

What the cannabis referendum has to do with Smokefree 2025

A comment rises continually on our social media and it needs to be put to rest.

It lurches around the comments section a bit like this:
“What about smokefree 2025?”
“But what about smoke free 2025?”
“But aren’t we aiming for NZ to be smoke-free by 2025.”

It rarely has much more substance to it than that. In fact, that lack of substance is a common feature of the ‘Vote No’ comments on our pages.

The spelling and punctuation is always wrong, too. It’s Smokefree 2025. It’s a proper noun. Sure, nobody likes a grammar freak, but they do have their role in helping clarify misinformation.

Looking for a little more substance though?

Well, first, there is the fact that cannabis is not tobacco. Don’t get us wrong – inhaling hot smoke into your lungs isn’t great; but cannabis is not associated with disease in anything like the way tobacco is.

According to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, “Overall, the risks of respiratory complications of cannabis smoking appear to be relatively small and to be far lower than those of tobacco smoking.” Conflating cannabis and tobacco is a zombie argument move.

Secondly, Smokefree 2025’s goal is not actually a tobacco-free population. The aim is to get to under 5% of the people using tobacco by 2025. The government knows 0% is impossible.

There is no plan to ban tobacco either. The Health Promotion Agency’s Smokefree 2025 website even has emblazoned on its front page, “It’s not about banning smoking. It’s about taking action against tobacco so that by 2025, hardly anyone will smoke.”

And how has the government taken action? Through regulation. They have increased excise tax, provided huge support for quitting, fully banned advertising, and beaten the tobacco companies by forcing through plain packaging with health warnings on it.

The smoking rate has halved over the past 25 years in New Zealand.

The only thing that the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill has in common with Smokefree NZ is that they are both forms of legal regulation.

The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill states on its first page, “The overarching objective of the regulatory regime is to reduce the harms associated with cannabis use experience by individuals, families, whānau, and communities in New Zealand.”

How will it reduce harm?
● By restricting young people’s (20+) access (drug dealers don’t ask for I.D.)
● Raising public awareness of risks associated with cannabis use
● Reducing the illicit market,
● Ending criminal records for cannabis possession (and their racist implementation),
● Putting controls on potency and quality
● Taxation and a levy raising funds for health and education.
● Health information at the point of sale
● No advertising.

The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill is a chance to replace a failed system with something that makes cannabis safer. It doesn’t try to pretend cannabis doesn’t exist. It doesn’t create a cannabis market; it puts controls and regulations on the one that already exists. It’s a pragmatic bill.
Find out more about it and cast YES as your vote on September 19th.

Sources:

Health Promotion Agency (2020). Smokefree Aotearoa 2025

Health Promotion Agency (2020). Facts and Figures

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine (2017). The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids.

Platform Trust Cannabis Referendum Q &A webinar (2020). h

A Bill to vote YES on…

A Bill to vote YES on…

The Cannabis Leglaisation and Control Bill has been released. This is the Bill that you will be voting on.

At the general election, on your ballot paper, will be a question:

Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?

You can choose 1 of these 2 answers:

  • Yes, I support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill
  • No, I do not support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill

The Bill is summarised in this infographic:

More information can be found here: https://www.referendums.govt.nz/cannabis/summary.html

Turuki Turuki

Turuki Turuki

The second report of the Safe and Effective Justice Committee states “That the Government strengthen regulation of alcohol, legalise and regulate personal use of cannabis, and consider that for all drugs, treating personal drug use as a health issue, with more funding towards prevention, education and treatment.”
See the full report here: