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Medical Cannabis Rally

Medical Cannabis Rally

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  • Sat 1 Jul ’17, 12:00pm – 2:00pm


Aotea Square, Queen St, Auckland CBD Show map


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Medical cannabis advocates and supporters will rally this Saturday 1st July, including patients, caregivers and medical professionals as well as their supporters.

In Auckland, gather on Queen Street opposite Aotea Square, at 12 noon. The rally runs 12pm to 2pm.

A follow up to their 2016 medical march, and the Rally and March held on 22 April this year, this rally is presented by Auckland Patients Group and NORML NZ Inc to show support for medical cannabis law reform.

“Patients need safe legal access to natural cannabis as well as cannabis-derived products,” said Chris Fowlie of NORML NZ Inc. “The government’s proposed changes are welcome but merely window dressing that has resulted in little improvement for desperately ill patients. With polls showing huge support for medical use of cannabis by all party’s voters, and an election coming, now is the time for them to be here with us.”

“Auckland Patients Group is asking for an immediate show of compassion by the placement of a Moratorium on the existing Medicinal Cannabis Community until the unjust laws that uphold Cannabis Prohibition are altered to reflect good science, medical studies and the will of the people,” said Pearl Schomburg of Auckland Patients Group.

“We continue to invite politicians, medical professionals and community groups to step up and speak at these Rallys and join the call for a more humane and compassionate response to the current situation.”

Speakers will include:
- Pearl Schomburg (APG)
- Chris Fowlie (NORML)
- Hayley Holt (Greens)
- Mika (TOP)
- Cinnamon Whitlock (Maori Party)
- Several patients will also share their experiences, with more speakers to be confirmed

For more information see the Auckland Patients Group Facebook page or the NORML NZ website.

Also on Sat 1 July - Nationwide Candlelight Vigils.

Candlelight vigils in memory of Alex Renton and everyone who has died, is suffering or has been jailed for cannabis, are also being held throughout New Zealand.

Presented by It’s Medicine (Rose Renton) in memorial of Alex Renton, the first New Zealander to receive cannabidiol, an extract from the cannabis plant, in a New Zealand hospital.

- Nelson: gather at Trafalgar Steps at 6pm.
- Christchurch: outside C1 cafe at 6pm.
- Hamilton: entrance of Waikato Hospital, at 6pm.

For more information see In Memory: National Vigil on Facebook.

Supporters Point to Upcoming Election.
With an election due to be held in New Zealand in under three month’s time, and polls consistently showing massive support for cannabis law reform, all of our major parties except National now support some form of law change.

Both the Green Party and Labour have pledged to ease medical cannabis access if elected to government. TOP released a comprehensive cannabis legalisation policy last month. ACT leader David Seymour would legalise cannabis “tomorrow“. The Maori Party now supports decriminalisation, medical use, and is “open” to having a conversation about legalisation.

NZ First has promised a binding referendum on cannabis laws. Even United Future now supports making legal all low risk drugs including cannabis. National is alone in continuing to support the existing, failed, policy.

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