Complaints pile up following Drug Foundation’s ‘vote yes’ to cannabis campaign

By June 11, 2020 Recent News

TVNZ One News 11 June 2020
Our additional comment: The ad claims that people who could benefit from medicinal cannabis could get much better access. Dr Kate Baddock, chairwoman of the New Zealand Medical Association, has called the claims “rubbish”. “It’s a completely misleading statement,” she told 1 NEWS. Bill Hodge, an Auckland University law professor, agrees. “This new proposal on which we’re having the referendum has nothing to do with medicinal cannabis and I don’t think the ad should have that reference,” he says. That’s because medicinal cannabis is already legal and has been prescribed in New Zealand since April.

Complaints are piling up over a brand new pro-cannabis campaign funded by the Drug Foundation.

Launched on multiple platforms a week ago, it calls on New Zealanders to vote yes to legalising cannabis at a referendum in September.

However, critics say the advertisement is inaccurate and possibly misleading.

It’s the first step in a battle the Drug Foundation is desperate to win, but one of the claims in the new ad has hit a sour note with some close observers.

The ad claims that people who could benefit from medicinal cannabis could get much better access.

Dr Kate Baddock, chairwoman of the New Zealand Medical Association, has called the claims “rubbish”.

“It’s a completely misleading statement,” she told 1 NEWS.

Bill Hodge, an Auckland University law professor, agrees.

“This new proposal on which we’re having the referendum has nothing to do with medicinal cannabis and I don’t think the ad should have that reference,” he says.
READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/complaints-pile-up-following-drug-foundations-vote-yes-cannabis-campaign

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  • Shirley Ku says:

    Nope to dope!

  • Jeanette says:

    Dr Kate Should perhaps meet a few of those people who use medicinal cannabis to both hear the vast difference this medication makes to their quality of life. Then at the same time she would learn the obstacles involved with access and cost still being insurmountable hurdles to sick and disabled people. Clearly she isn’t interested enough to listen to patients. She more concerned with maintaining her position and keeping the status quo. It’s pathetic and actually repulsive to be in her position knowing the statistics and true harm of many prescribed medications and number of related deaths Nasty. Panadol kills a hundred people every year and is handed out like lollies. Cannabis has never killed a single person. These people are pretty gross to mislead the less well informed.

  • peter klinkhamer says:

    this ad is brainwashing people into voting yes, its trying to influence people and people should be allowed to think for themselves and vote accordingly.nowhere does the ad talk about the damage that cannabis addiction brings.

  • Fi says:

    The issue here is that this referendum is not about medicinal cannabis and it is completely misleading to reference it in their ad

  • George says:

    How about you don’t be hypocritical, if you say nope to dope, say no to alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, sugar, and many other things.

  • Coach says:

    You are completely out of touch with society. Go & research why cannabis was made illegal as the reasons are extremely racist. You need to be helping people not pulling them down, my wife that died two years ago from MND would have hugely benefited from legal cannabis.

  • Kublai says:

    Alison Mau seems like she is in favour of reform but even her enquiries led her to convey this rather disturbing quote:

    “I’m not a scientist, or even a science reporter, so I asked Otago University associate professor Joseph Boden to walk me through it. Boden is the Deputy Director of the Christchurch Health and Development study, which has looked at cannabis use in a group of 1000 New Zealanders, for 25 years. He patiently explained how each of the studies in Family First’s press release, fail to prove it’s claim.

    Boden agrees with, well, just about everyone, that it would be wrong to think cannabis is completely harmless. The Christchurch study has found three important negative effects of misuse:

    One, it can lead to lack of motivation in young people – “it can pull you off-track, meaning you’re more likely to end up on welfare and experience longer periods of unemployment.”

    Two, there’s an association between misuse of cannabis and harder drugs, but this may be because young people who use cannabis now, get it from drug dealers, and therefore have access to other substances. Boden says this is a strong argument in itself for cannabis to be legal, but heavily regulated.

    And three, if you are a weekly cannabis user before the age of 25 there is an 80 per cent increase in risk of psychosis symptoms. “That could be as simple as, I believed for a minute that someone could read my thoughts,” he says.

    “The chances that anyone will experience a psychotic break are incredibly small, so (that increase) does not add up to a large number of people.”

    Nevertheless, the Christchurch study is a local endorsement of what we know internationally, too – we need to find ways of keeping young people away from cannabis.”. Stuff – – 19 May 2019.

  • Kublai says:

    @George We did: Widespread 19th century “Alcohol” abuse led to prohibitionism in early 20th century with strict controls afterwards. Ongoing battles with tobacco companies re “nicotine.” “Sugar”: spread of carbon reduced diets. “Many other things”: opoids, meth, lsd, heroine….

  • Kublai says:

    Why couldn’t she access medicinal cannabis?

  • Kublai says:

    Also what’s the legalisation of recreational cannabis use got to do with racism?

  • Sian Clement says:

    But Fiona if we are allowed to grow a couple of plants under the Recreational Laws, Medicinal cannabis patients would not have to pay exhorbitant prices for rarely prescribed medicine. They could even grow their own.

  • Sian Clement says:

    Peter klinkhamer ads are made to influence. please enlighten me on the damage cannabis addiction brings.

  • Mary Mitt says:

    How many agro, emotional roller coaster dope smokers do you get to interact with in a week?
    I assure you, if you had to live with one, you’d be thinking twice about a ‘yes” vote!

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