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Hi, I am an independent Expert Witness for cannabis charges, President of NORML New Zealand Inc, manager of The Hempstore, occasional web and print designer. I was a candidate for the Waitakere Licensing Trust in the 2016 local body elections.

ARCHIVE: I ran for the Waitakere Licensing Trust – here’s why:

Chris Fowlie WLT - Corflute Landscape 6 Cannabis Is SaferNote: the election campaign is over. I finished with 732 votes, or 13% of the votes cast. This is actually, as far as I can tell, a world record result for a ‘legalise cannabis’ candidate. No one else has ever got a better result standing on a cannabis ticket. So for that I am truly thankful and grateful!

Cannabis is safer than alcohol, so let’s treat it that way.

The Trusts already control the availability of alcohol, and funnel profits into local community groups and projects. The Trusts should do the same with cannabis – obtain a license to cultivate cannabis for research and medical purposes, and trial Cannabis Social Clubs where adults could safely obtain cannabis for their own use.

Chris Fowlie WLT - Corflute 300x600 Medical Cannabis ClubsLicences for this are permitted under the current law. Instead of funding organised crime, any profits from the Cannabis Clubs could fund community groups, including drug and alcohol treatment.

Read my post at The Daily Blog – Waitakere Licensing Trust could regulate cannabis like alcohol

For more info visit norml.org.nz

Enroll to vote

Cannabis Expert Witness

If your case involves a serious cannabis offence, you may need an independent expert witness. I have closely studied the cannabis plant and it’s associated culture since 1992. I have given evidence in the District and High Courts on matters relating the identification of cannabis, evidence-based estimates of crop yield, potency, sophistication of the operation, cultivation techniques, supply vs personal use, and current market values.

I have read and comply with the Code of Conduct for Expert Witnesses. Although I predominantly work for defence lawyers, I am not precluded from working for either side, and my primary responsibility is to assist the court.

Read my Expert Witness Biography here, and have your lawyer contact me.

Cannabis law reform and advocacy

As president of NORML New Zealand Inc, New Zealand’s longest running cannabis reform group, and proprietor of The Hempstore, New Zealand’s only hemp retail outlet, I am regularly interviewed by the media on matters to do with cannabis and other drugs, and have appeared on all New Zealand television networks, 60 Minutes, 20/20, the BBC and more. My articles and opinion pieces have been published in the New Zealand Herald, the Dominion Post, Craccum, Norml News, Cannabis Culture, and Matters of Substance. Find out more about cannabis law reform here.

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