Next year’s referendum on cannabis legalisation is a historical decision that will lock in New Zealand’s approach to cannabis for years to come. Many people have told us they are looking for balanced information on the different cannabis law reform options, including how different reforms have worked out overseas.

To provide this information, cannabis policy researchers at Massey University (Associate Professor Chris Wilkins and Dr. Marta Rychert) are bringing five leading international experts from the United States, Uruguay, Europe, Australia and Canada to speak about the cannabis reforms enacted in their countries in a series of public lectures. In addition to the public seminar planned in Wellington, the Public Policy Institute have partnered with Massey to bring these speakers to Auckland and Christchurch. Prepare for first-hand accounts of cannabis law reform and lively debate!

Who are the international experts?

Professor Beau Kilmer
RAND Corporation Drug Policy Research Center, United States

Associate Professor Rosario Queirolo
Catholic University of Uruguay, Latin American Marijuana Research Initiative

Professor Simon Lenton
National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Australia

Professor Tom Decorte
Ghent University, Belgium

Professor Benedikt Fischer
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada; now with Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland

Where and when?

17 October (Thursday) 6pm-8pm, University of Auckland

Science Centre (Building 301) Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre (Room G050), 23 Symonds St.

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15 October (Tuesday) 6pm-8pm, Wharewaka Function Centre, 2 Taranaki St.
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18 October (Friday) 4:30pm–6:30, University of Otago Rolleston Lecture Theatre, 2 Riccarton Ave
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