New Zealand Calls for Marijuana Education

December 22nd, 2008 by Perry

New Zealand

Citing rising medical costs as the primary reason, New Zealand officials are calling for more education against the dangers of cannabis, after the results of a recent government study were published.

The National Drug Intelligence Bureau report stated marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the country, and responsible for more than $30 million in medical bills. The country provides universal health care for all of its citizens, and said that a rise in the drug’s potency is part of the reason there was a 50-percent rise in in medical costs between 2004 and 2005.

One of the major findings of the study was that most of the hospital admissions were suffering from a psychotic disorder, followed by cannabis poisoning, harmful use, and dependence and acute intoxication.

As reported by the Dominion Post:

Bureau co-ordinator Detective Inspector Stuart Mills said the report provided the first big picture of cannabis’ harmful effects. We talk about methamphetamine, but here we can see the harm it causes with the number of hospital admissions caused solely by cannabis.

Here were a few of its key findings:

  • weed-related hospital admissions outnumbered those for opiates, amphetamines and cocaine combined
  • Maori (a native group) account for almost half of all cannabis-related admissions
  • a quarter of all cannabis seized is linked to organized crime


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    is this a good or bad thing?? how is that even possible?? whats in their weed over there??

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    alexk Says:

    sounds like regular government propaganda to me
    “weed-related hospital admissions” – that sounds non existent to me

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    this is nuts. better cannabis education is needed in how to enjoy the herb. new zealand bans knowledge routinely such as High Times, Skunk and Cannabis Culture. there’s no such thing as potent weed. it’s a scam. as your mom or dad. M

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    It is so sad how crooked humans have become. They don’t realize they’ve been trained by the same propaganda their whole lives. No matter how strong my voice becomes, they will always try to shut me down, but they will never succeed. Educate everyone you know of the good news. Hemp saves lives! It’s been around for ages and no man can take whats been given to us by Earth. Do not let your mind be controlled by what you hear, but take the initiative to think for yourself.

    “If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning.” – (1857) Frederick Douglass

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    cannabis poisoning—-dependence ::bullshit::cough::
    this is so rediculous

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