Bob McCoskrie: Legalising grass won’t make NZ greener

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NZ Herald 19 April 2016 Professor Doug Sellman is wrong to believe “the days of cannabis prohibition in New Zealand appear to be coming to an end.” New Zealanders need to be aware of a smokescreen around this issue. Politicians need to reject knee-jerk law changes and understand the real agenda behind liberalising drug laws […]

Heavy Marijuana Use May Reduce Your Brain’s Dopamine Release

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Psychology Today 15 April 2016 Family First Comment: In a statement regarding the most recent study on heavy cannabis use and dopamine release, Jeffrey Lieberman MD, Chair of Psychiatry at CUMC and past president of the American PsychiatricAssociation, concluded, “these findings add to the growing body of research demonstrating the potentially adverse effects of cannabis, […]

WICKED CAMPERS INVITES ANYBODY OFFENDED BY SLOGAN TO PAINT OR TAPE OVER IT

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Stuff co.nz 16 April 2016 Family First Comment: This is very interesting. The owner of Wicked Campers said in 2014 (https://www.facebook.com/wickedcamperseu/posts/783888588330070) “WICKED CAMPERS ALSO INVITES ANYBODY WHO FEELS STRONGLY OFFENDED BY A SLOGAN TO EITHER PAINT OR TAPE OVER IT.” Right! Got that. Thousands of Kiwis are calling for a ban on Wicked Campers offensive […]

John Roughan – ‘Health approach’ for cannabis reform did not work the last time.

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NZ Herald 16 April 2016 Family First Comment: Superb commentary from the NZ Herald today – “I’d be very surprised if this Government ever contemplates a general decriminalisation because it tried that, at Dunne’s suggestion, a few years ago. Remember? They used the “health approach” for the regulation of new substances called synthetic cannabis and […]

Media Gush over New Study on Same-Sex Parents. Unfortunately……

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Media Gush over New Study, Only to Find Same-Sex Parents More Irritated with Their Children Public Discourse 15 April 2016 Family First Comment: Interesting summary by a researcher slammed simply for speaking the truth. “The children of divorce, which has been legal in the US now for many decades, have never appeared comparable—on average—to the […]

Baker, Walsh team up against legalizing marijuana

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Boston Globe 14 April 2016 Family First Comment: Republicans and Democrats agreeing! “Where marijuana is legal, young people are more likely to use it and a vote against legalizing the commercial marijuana industry is a vote to protect our kids and communities.” The campaign will point to Colorado, where regulators have struggled with edible products […]

What should happen to a couple’s embryos after they split up?

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Stuff co.nz 15 April 2016 Family First Comment: Facing the reality of the problems with IVF… “In a split decision, five of the seven (UK) Judges ruled in (the father’s) favour and ordered that the embryos be destroyed. They expressed great sympathy for (the mother) but concluded that the couple had only consented to IVF […]

Under-5s physical activity guidelines parents may not want to hear

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NZ Herald 14 April 2016 Family First Comment: This is EXACTLY what we covered and were recommending in our report last year! https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/research/screen-time-2015/ Children under 5 need at least three hours of physical activity a day, a daily maximum of one hour screen time – and no screen time at all for infants and toddlers […]

Norway’s Barnevernet: They took our four children… then the baby

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BBC News 14 April 2016 Family First Comment: Interesting. “The case of a young couple in Norway whose five children were taken away by the state has fuelled mounting concern within the country and abroad over its child protection practices. Protesters around the world – and leading Norwegian professionals – say social workers are often too […]

Canada drafts euthanasia law

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NewsHub 15 April 2016 Family First Comment: Dangerous. “Patients would also have to be experiencing “enduring and intolerable suffering” and death would have to be reasonably foreseeable. How do you define ‘enduring’, ‘intolerable’, and ‘reasonably foreseeable’? And WHO determines it? Canada’s Liberal government has unveiled draft legislation on doctor-assisted suicide which would apply to adults suffering […]

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