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
January 20, 2021

Police slash annual cannabis operation, blind siding frontline staff and officials

Stuff co.nz 19 January 2021 Family First Comment: Police have quietly shelved their annual cannabis eradication operation in a move that has blindsided staff and the police minister. “New Zealanders voted…
Recent News
January 19, 2021

Significant Media Bias During Cannabis Referendum – Analysis

Family First commentary - 20 January 2021 An in-depth analysis of media coverage of the euthanasia and cannabis referendums has found that while both sides of the euthanasia referendum were…
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January 12, 2021

Cannabis might stop you getting pregnant – study

NewsHub 12 January 2021 Family First Comment: Yep – we warned voters about that. Affects reproductive health of both women and men * erectile dysfunction in men and infertility in…
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January 11, 2021

More Than Half of People Using Cannabis for Pain Experience Multiple Withdrawal Symptoms

Lab Blog 6 January 2021 Family First Comment: More than half of people who use medical marijuana products to ease pain also experience clusters of multiple withdrawal symptoms when they’re…
Recent News
January 11, 2021

Amsterdam wants to ban tourists from its marijuana shops

Stuff co.nz 11 January 2021 Family First Comment: Oh! Not so successful then? “The plan, backed by local police and prosecutors, is aimed at tackling the flow of hard drugs…
Recent News
January 6, 2021

Drug users don’t seem that motivated to adopt a ‘health’ approach

The 'health' approach to drugs: Less than one in 100 drug users engaging with services NZ Herald 5 January 2021 Family First Comment: If you say you want a ‘health’ approach,…
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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.