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Call to set up NZ cannabis clubs

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/05/2016

Could "cannabis clubs" work in New Zealand? One leading academic thinks so.

New Zealand should adopt a not-for-profit model for cannabis use that would allow for regulated products to be sold legally according to Massey University drug researcher Dr Chris Wilkins.

It would allow for incorporated bodies to sell cannabis to registered adult members while also educating them on its health risks and providing treatment and counselling services.

Dr Wilkins says it's time to talk about innovative ways to implement drug policy.

"I think that conversation is important, that we don't make the same mistakes we've made with the commercial market for alcohol and tobacco," he said.

Under the scheme, approved products would have to limit the amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the drug's psychoactive ingredient, and have a minimal level of the medicinal component Cannabidiol (CBD).

The products would be produced and sold solely by the government with sales supporting treatment counselling, health services and drug enforcement.

"That's a means to keep the price high and also collect tax."

The calls for so-called cannabis clubs come before an international conference on drug policy that will be hosted by Massey University next week.

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