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NZ and Weed Maps

nz and weed maps

 

Finding weed in New Zealand

Are you wondering what the best way to find cannabis in New Zealand is? Perhaps looking at the NZ weed maps will help. It’s a great tool to use if you are looking for something specific, or traveling in an area that you are unfamiliar with.

With New Zealand’s move to legalising cannabis for medical use a few months ago in December of 2018, such a tool should come in handy for those in search of dispensaries. The country also announced a referendum scheduled for next year, placing the decision f whether or not to legalise recreational cannabis in the hands of kiwis. 

It’s likely that New Zealanders will vote for legalisation, as the vast majority of them support the idea.With that development, and the possibility of New Zealand becoming the next Canada, weed maps could become even more useful in the near future.

New Zealanders and legal weed.
New Zealanders and legal weed. src

What Is a Weed Map?

A weed map is a map of cannabis dispensaries in a particular area -- state, country, etc. These maps are a great way to figure out where you can purchase cannabis, as well as details of what types of cannabis are available at different locations.

Weed maps can help you locate dispensaries that are close to your location, or close to your future location, or simply help solve your curiosity about where dispensaries actually are. This is a great way to travel and enjoy some time with cannabis that is legally obtained.

Weed maps can also help you distinguish between different types of cannabis dispensaries.

  • There are those that are for medical cannabis purposes, and
  • There are those that specialize in the recreational use of cannabis.

Whichever you prefer, you’re going to be able to find what you’re looking for. In fact, if you are interested in a specific product or type of product, you can search for that and find its closest location to you. This is a great way for you to be able to find the exact weed you would like to use, or those you are particular to.

Who uses them?

Weed maps are available for anyone to use. Medical cannabis patients, anyone who lives in an area where recreational cannabis is legal, and even those who visit areas where recreational cannabis is legal, all can use weed maps.

There are a wide range of options, which you can easily access while you are traveling or even before you leave your home. Weed maps only require internet access, so you can even access them at the library or airport. For example, check out Australia’s CannabisExpress for a number of cannabis guides and maps.

Why are they a bad idea? (Until legalization, that is)

Many people swear by using weed maps, especially as they travel to places where they aren’t quite familiar with the cannabis industry and/or laws. To date, weed maps only show legal weed dispensaries and offer information limited to the legal cannabis industry.

However, there are those who are skeptical and believe that you should still be careful. If the dispensary you use is not legal, there are potentials for you to be tracked on your phone, and some think weed maps could even leave suspicious information on your phone – even if you were looking for legal weed.

As with anything online, there’s always the potential for illegal stores to pop up on weed maps. The most obvious reason that these maps might be a bad idea until cannabis is fully legalised, is that they keep a written record that can be used as evidence of illegal activity or involvement in illegal activity.

What do police typically do when they catch you with cannabis in New Zealand?

In New Zealand, cannabis is currently illegal for recreational use, and considered to be a class C drug. Despite this fact, the country has one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the entire world, with over half of those aged 15 to 45 having used cannabis.

World weed usage ranks.
World weed usage ranks. src

Despite having one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world, using cannabis in New Zealand could get you slapped with a maximum punishment of a $500 fine and/or 3 months imprisonment. If you have been indicted in the selling or manufacturing of cannabis, you can face 8 years imprisonment. For a summarily in the sale or manufacture, a fine that is between $800 and $1000 and/or 1 year in jail.

Here are some other New Zealand legal don’ts:

  • If you allow someone else to use your home or vehicle in the manufacture or delivery of drugs, you can face up to 3 years imprisonment.
  • If you are in possessions of the instruments for use in taking drugs, such as bongs or pipes, you can face up to one year of jail time or a $500 fine.
  • If you are indicted for the cultivation of cannabis plants, it could end with seven years imprisonment.
Cannabis offenses vs other drugs.
Cannabis offenses vs other drugs. src

Finally, the summarily of the cultivation of cannabis plants could have you facing two years in jail and/or paying a $1000 fine. If you are in possession of a cannabis seed, you can receive one year in prison and/or a $500 fine.

More information on laws and regulations of weed in New Zealand can be found at the NZ Community Law webstie.

Final word

Cannabis remains illegal in New Zealand if you’re a recreational user, so you’d probably want to stay away from weed maps for now, as far as New Zealand is concerned -- until after the referendum, perhaps. For those seeking medical cannabis -- or those looking for where recreational weed is legal -- however, weed maps should be of great help. These tools are easy to access with a few clicks on the internet, and they help you discover locations of dispensaries in areas where cannabis is legal for medical and/or recreational use, as well as the types of cannabis in those dispensaries.