New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses – that of the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu – and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1500 km east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1000 km south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga.
Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in New Zealand and 13.4% of those aged between 16–64 consume weed. This ranks as the ninth highest cannabis consumption level in the world. The use of the plant in New Zealand is governed by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975, which makes unauthorised possession of any amount of cannabis illegal. However, there are efforts on a political level seeking to do away with penalties on its use for those aged 18 and older.
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- Cannabis vending machine opens in New Zealand by Paul Chapman (March 22, 2012), The Telegraph
- New Zealand: Prove recreational drug is safe, then you can sell by Madison Park (July 11, 2013), CNN
- Labour has no intention of backing Greens' cannabis policy by Adam Bennett (January 28, 2014), The New Zealand Herald
- New Zealand's Synthetic Drug Law to Pave Way for Marijuana Legalisation by Reissa Su (March 17, 2014), International Business Times
- NZ drug laws 'step towards legalizing cannabis' (March 17, 2014), Otago Daily Times
- Fast Fire on Cannabis: Who's for legalisation? by Derek Cheng (August 26, 2014), The New Zealand Herald
- Push to legalise Canterbury cannabis rubbished by Brendan Manning (September 4, 2014), The New Zealand Herald
- New Zealand Stuck in Prohibition Timewarp by Raylan Campbell (December 1, 2014), Weedist
- Cannabis in New Zealand at Wikipedia