The Helen Clark Foundation is launching a new research paper that says 'yes' to the 2020 cannabis referendum.
The report says New Zealand should expunge minor cannabis convictions and create a legal and responsible market for the drug.
In doing so, they want to keep the drugs from getting into a for-profit commercial industry.
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Medical Kiwi is the first South Island-based company to be granted a cultivation licence by the Ministry of Health that will allow the company to establish a cannabis breeding programme for research and development for medicinal cannabis.
Established in December 2018, Medical Kiwi is a pioneering medicinal research and nutraceutical wellbeing company, created to take advantage of the global opportunity that medicinal cannabis represents.
The licence granted this week allows Medical Kiwi to move forward on development plans for a state-of-the-art research and development facility in Brightwater, Tasman.
The 8,000 –10,000 m2 facility is set to be started in late 2020. Its design aligns environmental responsibility with commercial objectives, including technology to ensure agricultural and commercial practices are sustainable.
Medical Kiwi’s Chairperson Aldo Miccio says the company’s board is thrilled to have been granted the cultivation licence.
“In just eight months, our experienced business and science-based Board of Directors has developed a clear strategy that is already on track,” says Miccio. “Prime land for a research and development facility is secured, designs are completed, global networks are established, and investors are lined up,” says Miccio. “The cultivation licence is another important milestone the company has achieved to date. It is an exciting time.”
“Our facility and the resulting products will have significant economic benefits for the Nelson Tasman region and for New Zealand,” he says. Our research will focus on the development of medicinal cannabis products, with a particular focus on the optimum growth conditions."
Miccio estimates Medical Kiwi will employ approximately 180 – 245 full time equivalents.
“The calibre of our staff will ensure that our New Zealand-made products will stand up against the best in the world.”
Company director and biotechnologist Dr Michael Packer says medicinal cannabis represents a long overdue health and wellbeing product that aims to improve health outcomes for not only New Zealanders, but the export market as well.
“Research and development are central to advancing the medicinal cannabis industry,” says Packer. “Medical Kiwi intends to develop safe, high-quality, accessible medicinal and wellbeing products including oil, balms, tinctures, sprays and creams. Our vision is that everyone who could benefit from medicinal cannabis products can access and afford them,” he says.
Having now secured the licence for cultivation, Aldo Miccio says Medical Kiwi Ltd has released an Investment Memorandum for private professional investors, offering shares in the company in two series.
“We raised $1 million in seed funding from both private investors and investors from the smart money sector in the US, who all recognise the value of New Zealand-origin medicinal cannabis products,” says Miccio. “We are now offering a new share issue to raise $7.5 million, providing investors with an opportunity to invest early in Series A. A Series B share offer will follow later this year.”
The full scope of Medical Kiwi’s operations from 2020 onwards will cover research and development and cultivation, extraction, manufacturing, supply and distribution, and marketing of medicinal and nutraceutical cannabis products.
More information can be found on the Medical Kiwi website: www.medicalkiwi.com
Call by 31 year retired veteran of the industrial hemp industry for the Prime Minister to initiate an inquiry into the activities of MOH Medicine’s control and the Industrial Hemp Licencing Authority.
Original member inter-agency working group on the cultivation of cannabis for industrial purposes 29 years chair NZ Hemp Industries association (retired) et al. Some refer to me as: The Godfather of Hemp in NZ, only others know if this is a truism.
Dear Prime minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern.
I write to you in desperation knowing a simple call from one of your staff seeking clarification re how are the Misuse Of Drugs Industrial Hemp 2006 regulations are working and has industry any complaints in this regard; may well be enough to get the regulations enabled which currently in the writers view they are not. I often state “ Im no expert! But here’s what I think I know.”
Many thanks Health Energy Humour
Stay Cool D J (Mack) Mcintosh
Make It Legal Canterbury will host the fundraiser event ‘Grassroots’ at A Rolling Stone, Colombo St, on Saturday, August 31st. The event aims to raise funds ahead of the 2020 cannabis referendum.
The evening will kick off at 7pm with comedians Justin ‘Rusty’ White, Snap, Corey Humm, and Audrey Porne getting the crowd in ‘high’ spirits. After that, local bands Saint Peter’s Thursday, Two Bishop Cult, and Dolphin Friendly, who open for Shapeshifter the following weekend, will rip it up on stage.
The funds raised will be used to educate Kiwis on key points around cannabis law reform and why they should vote ‘Yes’ in next year’s referendum. “1 in 8 adults regularly use cannabis. Under the current law, we have no control of the cannabis market in New Zealand,” says Make It Legal Canterbury coordinator Mike Smith. “A regulated market would allow us to enforce a minimum age, put our police to more important work, and take away money and power from the gangs.”
‘Grassroots’ will be an entertaining evening whether you’re a cannabis user, a supporter of law reform, or just love a good night out. Tickets for the event are available for purchase at cosmicticketing.co.nz.
The #makeitlegal campaign is a network of individuals and organisations working to ensure a strong YES vote in the upcoming cannabis referendum at the 2020 general election. It’s purpose is to get a high percentage of voters to:
More details can be found at makeitlegal.nz
Two men charged after an undercover police operation at The Daktory, Wellington's cannabis club, have received bail.
Both men were arrested on Friday night and appeared in court on Saturday where their bail was opposed and they were remanded into custody.
Protesters loudly called for them not to be caged outside Wellington District Court on Monday.
And police told Judge Craig Thompson that on review their bail was no longer opposed.
John Hendrick Middeldorp, 67, and Dakta Green, 68, were remanded and will reappear in court on September 23.
Defence lawyer Sonia Thistoll told the judge that police had closed the club down and Green would be able to return to his address there.
Police asked that Green have a bail condition that he not possess or consume illegal drugs, which he opposed on the basis he uses the drug to manage pain.
However the judge pointed out that he had to impose that condition.
The men are not allowed to have contact.
A group of supporters applauded from the public gallery once the hearings were over.
Both men are charged with possessing cannabis for supply, supplying cannabis baked goods, and supplying to an undercover police officer.
They have not pleaded to the charges.
The Daktory, Wellington's first cannabis club was raided by police Tuesday evening.
New Zealand activist and founder of 'The Daktory' cannabis clubs, Dakta Green has been arrested along with one other man in a raid on The Daktory Wellington.
Both men face 21 charges between them of supplying and possessing class B and C drugs.
Officers seized cannabis, cash and equipment for growing cannabis.
Both men are due to appear in the Wellington District Court on Monday 26th August, law reform supporters will be gathering outside at 8am with signs to protest these arrests and show their support.
The Daktory first opened in Auckland as a protest to legalise cannabis for medicinal and recreational use, and then reopened in 2019 at 38 Hania Street, Wellington.
More information will be provided when available.