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 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…
Recent News
November 20, 2020

DEA: Teen depression and suicide linked to marijuana use

Fox 29 18 November 2020 Family First Comment: "In 2019, there were nearly 700,000 youths, ages 12 to 17, that was addicted to marijuana, which shows an increase of nearly 187,000…
Recent News
November 18, 2020

Prosecution of Māori for cannabis offences falling – Police Commissioner

Radio NZ News 18 November 2020 Family First Comment: Looks like the current law is working well. 40% reduction in cannabis prosecutions in the last 5 years. Statistics for the three…
Recent News
November 18, 2020

How do high school seniors in the US get marijuana? Friends.

Family First Comment: The most common way adolescents get marijuana is from friends (bought or shared). Not the black market. But once they’re hooked, ‘then’ they’re more likely to use a…
Recent News
November 17, 2020

Cannabis resin now 25% more potent, global study reveals

The Guardian 15 November 2020 Family First Comment: “In herbal cannabis, THC concentrations increased by 14% between 1970 and 2017. This was primarily due to a rising market share of stronger…
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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.