New Zealand

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New Zealand

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 Legislation

NORML New Zealand bus in 2009

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.[1]

See also

Cannabis Resources

Additional Resources


  1. WORLD DRUG REPORT 2006 (2006),
  2. Welcome to NORML NZ, NORML
  3. Otago NORML

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Australia and Oceania

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