20 Reasons to Vote NO in 2020

Here’s 20 great reasons why you should tick the NO box in the upcoming referendum on legalising cannabis for recreational use. Vote for health, safety, wellbeing of our young people and families. Vote NO.

We’re Speaking Up In The Public Debate

It’s time that some of the myths and sound bites pushed by pro-drug groups are challenged with the facts and credible research. Read our Media Releases which have the common theme of opposing any attempt to legalise marijuana in NZ.

Download the 1-2 Page Briefing Sheets

Read the various Briefing Sheets so that you can campaign with us against any attempts to legalise marijuana (and ultimately other drugs, according to pro-marijuana groups) in New Zealand.

THE REPORT THEY CAN'T REBUT!

“Lessons From Cannabis Legalisation 2020”, a comprehensive study of the data outcomes in ‘legalised’ marijuana states in the U.S., and recent developments since legalisation in Canada and Uruguay, validated by researchers from institutions such as Harvard and Johns Hopkins University, and using governmental data and the latest peer-reviewed studies. Click on image to DOWNLOAD REPORT

WATCH: Our Campaign ads

Our celebrities, sports people, Māori and Pasifika leaders, community workers, health professionals ... they're all stars and they're all voting Nope to Dope. New Zealand is too precious to be wasted.

WATCH: Jake's story - mental illness, psychotic symptoms, dropping out of university

Jake went to university to study neuroscience and psychology, and ended up getting cannabis-induced psychosis and dropping out.

WATCH: Jo's story - her son's mental illness, psychotic symptoms, suicidal thoughts

Jo has a warning for New Zealand parents based on her own harrowing experience of marijuana legalisation in her home state.
Recent News
November 30, 2020

Kate Hawkesby: Will calls for another cannabis referendum be taken seriously?

NewsTalk ZB 30 November 2020 Family First Comment: Kate sums it up well – again! 😊 “I can’t help thinking of all the things we could be getting signatures over for…
Recent News
November 30, 2020

Another cannabis referendum? Vote proposed on decriminalisation

NZ Herald 28 November 2020 Family First Comment: This will be interesting to watch: 1. Trying to organise 350,000 signatures is a massive mammoth task 2. The Greens oppose decriminalisation…
Recent News
November 30, 2020

Another cannabis referendum? Vote proposed on decriminalisation

NZ Herald 28 November 2020 Family First Comment: This will be interesting to watch: 1. Trying to organise 350,000 signatures is a massive mammoth task 2. Greens oppose decriminalisation 3.…
Recent News
November 26, 2020

Ben Affleck Recalls ‘Bad Experience’ with Marijuana at 15: ‘I Had a Dissociative Panic Attack’

People 25 November 2020 Family First Comment: You don’t have to take it from us. Take it from Ben Affleck’s real life experience… "I had a bad experience with marijuana at…
Recent News
November 23, 2020

College-age kids and teens are drinking less alcohol – marijuana is a different story

The Conversation 21 November 2020 Family First Comment: “While alcohol use is falling among 18-to-22-year-olds, marijuana use is inching upward. The number of young adults using both alcohol and marijuana is…
Recent News
November 21, 2020

Illegality of cannabis keeps use low – Ministry of Health

Latest data from the Ministry of Health shows that past 12 month use of cannabis has remained at just 14.9%. In contrast, 4 in 5 adults drank alcohol in past…
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Vincent's story - As an ex-cannabis user, I'll be voting NO

"As an ex cannabis user, I'll be voting no. I do want this cycle to stop. I don't want my children to have to go through what I had. I don't want my children to be told that cannabis is safe. I want my kids to have every opportunity that I should have got."

Alex Berenson's warning to New Zealand

Alex Berenson is a former New York Times reporter & award-winning novelist. He joined the NYT in 1999, where he covered everything from the drug industry to Hurricane Katrina & served as a correspondent in Iraq. Berenson is the author of “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence”.

Interview with Bertha K. Madras, PhD (Harvard Medical School)

"This is one of the most visible cases of science denial I’ve seen in decades." Bertha Madras is a Professor of Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry , Harvard Medical School; a psychobiologist at the Substance Use Disorders Division, Division of Basic Neuroscience; and Director of the Laboratory of Addiction Neurobiology, McLean Hospital in Massachusetts.

International Evidence on Cannabis - SayNopeToDope NZ Facebook Live

Join our three international experts, sharing the latest evidence on cannabis. They discuss a range of related topics, including social justice and mental health. Most importantly you will learn why they're encouraging New Zealanders to Vote No in the upcoming referendum.

Interview with Colorado board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Christian Thurstone

Dr. Christian Thurstone is Director of Service of Behavioral Health Services at Denver Health and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver, where he conducts research on youth substance use and addiction and has served as director of medical training for the university’s addiction psychiatry fellowship program. He is one of about four dozen physicians in the United States who are board-certified in general, child and adolescent and addictions psychiatry.

Ben Cort: "What NZ Needs To Understand About The Marijuana Debate"

Ben Cort is from Colorado and is the author of "Weed, Inc.: The Truth About the Pot Lobby, THC, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry", released in September 2017. His passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Ben has a deep understanding of the issues and a personal motivation to see the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse minimised. Ben’s Ted-X talk in 2017, What commercialisation is doing to cannabis, has had more than 1.6 million views!

Corinne Gasper: "Driving stoned will put everyone at risk"

Corinne Gasper lost her daughter to a marijuana-impaired driver. She has a message for New Zealand.