Vote Yes On Our Terms - NZ Drug Foundation

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Vote Yes On Our Terms - NZ Drug Foundation

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Ka rawe! Awesome!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our fundraising appeal. Your pledge will help us get the message out to voters.

If you missed the 21 July cut-off, don't worry - you can still donate here: http://nzdrug.org/donate

 

On 19 September, we have the opportunity to make cannabis legal by voting “Yes” on the Cannabis Control Referendum. What we’re really voting for is to do this our way and on New Zealand’s terms. Terms that we all feel make sense for us, for our nation. Terms that place strong public health controls over cannabis in a way that protects us, especially our families, communities and young people.

What the vote boils down to is being willing to treat cannabis use as a health issue, and better protecting anyone who uses cannabis from harm. This vote gives us the chance to put health and wellbeing first and make failed prohibition a relic of history.

We can win this referendum by reinforcing that the referendum is about putting public health controls in place over cannabis, by informing voters about the key benefits of the legal regulation, and by reassuring people that young New Zealanders will be better protected under regulations than they are under prohibition.

This referendum will be won by persuading people sitting on the fence that voting yes is choosing control and protection.

The New Zealand Drug Foundation’s “Vote Yes On Our Terms” advertising campaign speaks to these undecided voters.

 

We only get one change at winning this. Right now , the result stands on a knife edge. Without your pledge we face the very real prospect of losing the referendum. This would be a serious setback for public health-focused drug law that would take years to bounce back from.

The campaign, which we only launched in June, has already reached over 1 million voters There is still an enormous amount more to do to keep our message in front of the 1.5 million voters we need to win.

A pledge to our campaign is the only way we will reach the number of voters we need with our campaign information. 

Reliable, factual information can change peoples’ minds. We know that is the case when it comes to views on cannabis legalislation. In one poll, when undecided voters were told more about the controls in the proposed law, they moved towards supporting a “yes” vote. People are clearly hungry for the detail. 

This is why your support is so essential. As well as giving, for a reward or not, there are other things which are essential for winning this fight. Check the list below, or jump online: onouterms.org.nz  

 

With your pledge we will win. 

In the absence of a strong case for Yes, New Zealanders will only hear a very loud case for no. 

A visible, high profile campaign is the only way we will win. That’s where Vote Yes - On Our Terms comes in. And the only way we can make it succeed is backing by New Zealanders who share our goal of a fair and equitable future. 

Recent polls still show there is a still a very large group of undecided and pursuable voters. But polls show things are very fluid and a ‘no’ vote is often shown to be leading.

The voting block most likely to benefit from legalisation are young people. They are more likely to try or use cannabis than the rest of the population. They are also more likely to become ensnared in a punitive response either at school or through the courts. However, this is the segment of the population that is least likely to vote. 

Getting out the vote will be important. But perhaps even more so we’ve got to encourage our mums, dads, aunties, grandmothers and wider whānau to vote in the best interests of the young people in their lives. 

On Our Terms campaign aims to do this by:

- Filling the information gaps with facts and positive reasons for change

- Supporting people to have conversations about why they will Vote Yes.

Our campaign has officially launched. Video ads and infographics are being shared on social media, and our ads are running on TV. We’ve definitely made an impact. However, it’s only the beginning and we need to keep up the momentum. Outdoor advertising, more TV ads, fliers and more are planned, plus more detailed factsheets are all in the pipeline.  

Help us get our winning message to 1.5 million voters.

Who is on board?

It’s a big goal, but we can do it. The Drug Foundation has been at the forefront of major alcohol and other drug policy debates for over 30 years, advocating for policies and practices based on the best evidence available. 

Our vision is for Aotearoa New Zealand to be free from drug harm. We recognise drugs, legal and illegal, are a part of everyday life experience, so we are safety focused and take a harm reduction approach in all our work.

Already thousands of New Zealanders are backing our campaign, and we’ve got support from a wide cross spectrum of people working in public health, law, alcohol and other drug treatment, community and related fields.

How you can help

You can be part of historic change in Aotearoa New Zealand. Pease help us by:

- Pledging on this campaign! 

- Ask your friends and family to pledge too

- Add another reward to our list (or contribute in other ways – email us) 

- Talk constantly about why you’ll vote yes and how to find On Our Terms

- Enrol, and remember to Vote Yes in September. 

 

 

Why Legalise?

- Tax revenue will go toward drug treatment and education

- It will free up police time to focus on serious crime

- Increased access for those who use cannabis for medical treatment

- Cannabis will remain strictly illegal for anyone under 20 years old

- Potency levels will be limited for safety

- Sales restricted to licensed premises

- No consumption in public spaces

- Plain packaging and clear warning labels, with zero advertising.

The Drug Foundation is a registered charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005 (No. CC27025). 

Comments

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It's the final countdown!

20/07/2020 at 1:01 PM

 

 

Thank you for supporting this campaign - we couldn't have gotten this far without you!

 

We have 32 hours left to reach our target, so if you know anyone who's been putting off pledging or hasn't seen the campaign yet, please share it with them one last time before 9 PM on Tuesday 21 July. 

 

Thanks to an anonymous supporter, all pledges made between now and the end of the campaign will be matched (up to $10,000) - if everyone who’s pledged so far can get two friends to pledge, we’ll smash our target.

 

We can do this!

 

On Our Terms campaign extended - help us get the word out!

13/07/2020 at 12:10 PM

Kia ora,

 

Thanks again for supporting our campaign to keep the On Our Terms campaign on the air this election season. 

 

Due to our slow start while our team was focused on the ASA challenge, we’ve chatted with PledgeMe and are extending our campaign for another week. This also means we’re dropping the target to $150,000 to account for less time before the election. We’d still love to raise more than that - every extra dollar means we can reach more undecided voters.

 

We’re already over $70,000 raised! However, none of that money will go to us unless we reach our target, so please keep sharing the campaign and talking to your friends and family about why you’re voting yes.

 

A recent poll shows that support is increasing but this vote is going to be close, so every conversation and every pledge counts. If you can help us reach new pledgers or donate rewards, get in touch by replying to this email.

 

Cheers,

On Our Terms

Thank you!

26/06/2020 at 4:29 PM

Thanks to everyone who’s pledged so far - we’ve already raised $16,485!

 

 

It’s been a wild ride since we launched the “Vote Yes On Our Terms” campaign at the start of June. We have already reached 880,000 people on social media, 1,136,000 with print advertising and 746,000 with our TV ads. The public have received our campaign well. At least many have, but we have faced some challenges.

Not everyone agrees with what we have to say, some even want our ads taken off air (“Complaints pile up following Drug Foundation's 'vote yes' to cannabis campaign.” But we stand by our campaign 200% (“Drug Foundation defends cannabis referendum campaign”).

We’re only getting started. If we’re going to reach our target and keep this campaign going through the final three months to the election on 19 September, we need some extra help.

 

Spread the Word

One of the most important things you can do is spread the word. Share the campaign with your social media networks and encourage supportive friends and whānau to pledge. Talk about why you’re voting yes, and why this issue matters to you. We’ve got resources available here to help you start those conversations. 

 

Help us raise more funds

You can also help us reach our target by contributing new rewards that we can offer to supporters. The sky’s the limit here, so get creative. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Want to organise a fundraising gig? Comedy, music, cabaret, theatre - we love it all. 
  • If you have connections to a celebrity who wants to help, let us know. Famous New Zealanders coming out in staunch support of a Yes vote could make a huge difference to the campaign, and we’d love to work with you to come up with an exciting reward like a dinner party, an event, or a behind-the-scenes tour. 
  • Could you (or your business) donate a reward? Vouchers, products, and services are all great rewards, whether you’re a restaurant, a baker, a babysitter, an artist, or something else. Every little bit helps!


If you're keen to help, or if you've got another idea, we’d love to hear from you. Just reply to this email or send one to [email protected].

Cheers,

team On Our Terms

 

    Pledgers 685

    Josie Olsen
    2020-07-21 09:25:42 +1200
    Michael Chiles
    2020-07-21 09:21:58 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-07-21 09:04:08 +1200
    [email protected]
    2020-07-21 08:57:46 +1200
    Martine
    2020-07-21 08:55:50 +1200
    Tayte Cozens
    2020-07-21 08:52:23 +1200
    Aaron McTainsh
    2020-07-21 08:40:04 +1200

    "Lets fight for our rights and not let people tell us what we can do in our own homes!"

    Anonymous pledger
    2020-07-21 08:38:40 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-07-21 08:31:34 +1200
    Scott D Mercer
    2020-07-21 08:31:13 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-07-21 08:29:23 +1200
    Adam Macfarlane-Hill
    2020-07-21 08:25:48 +1200
    Rebecca Weight
    2020-07-21 08:23:23 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-07-21 08:10:18 +1200
    Omar Crawford
    2020-07-21 07:59:39 +1200
    Clare Aitcheson
    2020-07-21 07:59:32 +1200
    Deb Fraser-Komene
    2020-07-21 07:52:27 +1200

    "I support changing our out of date drug laws and providing a health based approach to drug use."

    Anonymous pledger
    2020-07-21 07:37:22 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-07-21 07:35:58 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-07-21 07:31:28 +1200
    Ben Castelow
    2020-07-21 07:18:40 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-07-21 07:08:31 +1200

    "Tautoko tenei kaupapa!"

    Mel McMinn
    2020-07-21 06:51:14 +1200

    "I have chronic migraines that don't respond to treatment and I'd like to be able to legally explore the medicinal values of cannabis."

    Allan Webb
    2020-07-21 06:18:33 +1200

    "Hi from Hawkes Bay. "

    Anonymous pledger
    2020-07-21 06:18:00 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-07-21 02:41:10 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-07-21 01:35:19 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-07-21 01:24:32 +1200

    "Good luck with the campaign!"

    Anonymous pledger
    2020-07-21 00:40:06 +1200
    Troy Michie
    2020-07-21 00:23:49 +1200

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    Vote Yes On Our Terms - NZ Drug Foundation

    Project 2020-06-02 15:33:08 +1200

    Ka rawe! Awesome!

    Thanks to everyone who contributed to our fundraising appeal. Your pledge will help us get the message out to voters.

    If you missed the 21 July cut-off, don't worry - you can still donate here: http://nzdrug.org/donate

     

    On 19 September, we have the opportunity to make cannabis legal by voting “Yes” on the Cannabis Control Referendum. What we’re really voting for is to do this our way and on New Zealand’s terms. Terms that we all feel make sense for us, for our nation. Terms that place strong public health controls over cannabis in a way that protects us, especially our families, communities and young people.

    What the vote boils down to is being willing to treat cannabis use as a health issue, and better protecting anyone who uses cannabis from harm. This vote gives us the chance to put health and wellbeing first and make failed prohibition a relic of history.

    We can win this referendum by reinforcing that the referendum is about putting public health controls in place over cannabis, by informing voters about the key benefits of the legal regulation, and by reassuring people that young New Zealanders will be better protected under regulations than they are under prohibition.

    This referendum will be won by persuading people sitting on the fence that voting yes is choosing control and protection.

    The New Zealand Drug Foundation’s “Vote Yes On Our Terms” advertising campaign speaks to these undecided voters.

     

    We only get one change at winning this. Right now , the result stands on a knife edge. Without your pledge we face the very real prospect of losing the referendum. This would be a serious setback for public health-focused drug law that would take years to bounce back from.

    The campaign, which we only launched in June, has already reached over 1 million voters There is still an enormous amount more to do to keep our message in front of the 1.5 million voters we need to win.

    A pledge to our campaign is the only way we will reach the number of voters we need with our campaign information. 

    Reliable, factual information can change peoples’ minds. We know that is the case when it comes to views on cannabis legalislation. In one poll, when undecided voters were told more about the controls in the proposed law, they moved towards supporting a “yes” vote. People are clearly hungry for the detail. 

    This is why your support is so essential. As well as giving, for a reward or not, there are other things which are essential for winning this fight. Check the list below, or jump online: onouterms.org.nz  

     

    With your pledge we will win. 

    In the absence of a strong case for Yes, New Zealanders will only hear a very loud case for no. 

    A visible, high profile campaign is the only way we will win. That’s where Vote Yes - On Our Terms comes in. And the only way we can make it succeed is backing by New Zealanders who share our goal of a fair and equitable future. 

    Recent polls still show there is a still a very large group of undecided and pursuable voters. But polls show things are very fluid and a ‘no’ vote is often shown to be leading.

    The voting block most likely to benefit from legalisation are young people. They are more likely to try or use cannabis than the rest of the population. They are also more likely to become ensnared in a punitive response either at school or through the courts. However, this is the segment of the population that is least likely to vote. 

    Getting out the vote will be important. But perhaps even more so we’ve got to encourage our mums, dads, aunties, grandmothers and wider whānau to vote in the best interests of the young people in their lives. 

    On Our Terms campaign aims to do this by:

    - Filling the information gaps with facts and positive reasons for change

    - Supporting people to have conversations about why they will Vote Yes.

    Our campaign has officially launched. Video ads and infographics are being shared on social media, and our ads are running on TV. We’ve definitely made an impact. However, it’s only the beginning and we need to keep up the momentum. Outdoor advertising, more TV ads, fliers and more are planned, plus more detailed factsheets are all in the pipeline.  

    Help us get our winning message to 1.5 million voters.

    Who is on board?

    It’s a big goal, but we can do it. The Drug Foundation has been at the forefront of major alcohol and other drug policy debates for over 30 years, advocating for policies and practices based on the best evidence available. 

    Our vision is for Aotearoa New Zealand to be free from drug harm. We recognise drugs, legal and illegal, are a part of everyday life experience, so we are safety focused and take a harm reduction approach in all our work.

    Already thousands of New Zealanders are backing our campaign, and we’ve got support from a wide cross spectrum of people working in public health, law, alcohol and other drug treatment, community and related fields.

    How you can help

    You can be part of historic change in Aotearoa New Zealand. Pease help us by:

    - Pledging on this campaign! 

    - Ask your friends and family to pledge too

    - Add another reward to our list (or contribute in other ways – email us) 

    - Talk constantly about why you’ll vote yes and how to find On Our Terms

    - Enrol, and remember to Vote Yes in September. 

     

     

    Why Legalise?

    - Tax revenue will go toward drug treatment and education

    - It will free up police time to focus on serious crime

    - Increased access for those who use cannabis for medical treatment

    - Cannabis will remain strictly illegal for anyone under 20 years old

    - Potency levels will be limited for safety

    - Sales restricted to licensed premises

    - No consumption in public spaces

    - Plain packaging and clear warning labels, with zero advertising.

    The Drug Foundation is a registered charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005 (No. CC27025). 

    Comments

    You need to pledge to see this update.

    It's the final countdown!

    20/07/2020 at 1:01 PM

     

     

    Thank you for supporting this campaign - we couldn't have gotten this far without you!

     

    We have 32 hours left to reach our target, so if you know anyone who's been putting off pledging or hasn't seen the campaign yet, please share it with them one last time before 9 PM on Tuesday 21 July. 

     

    Thanks to an anonymous supporter, all pledges made between now and the end of the campaign will be matched (up to $10,000) - if everyone who’s pledged so far can get two friends to pledge, we’ll smash our target.

     

    We can do this!

     

    On Our Terms campaign extended - help us get the word out!

    13/07/2020 at 12:10 PM

    Kia ora,

     

    Thanks again for supporting our campaign to keep the On Our Terms campaign on the air this election season. 

     

    Due to our slow start while our team was focused on the ASA challenge, we’ve chatted with PledgeMe and are extending our campaign for another week. This also means we’re dropping the target to $150,000 to account for less time before the election. We’d still love to raise more than that - every extra dollar means we can reach more undecided voters.

     

    We’re already over $70,000 raised! However, none of that money will go to us unless we reach our target, so please keep sharing the campaign and talking to your friends and family about why you’re voting yes.

     

    A recent poll shows that support is increasing but this vote is going to be close, so every conversation and every pledge counts. If you can help us reach new pledgers or donate rewards, get in touch by replying to this email.

     

    Cheers,

    On Our Terms

    Thank you!

    26/06/2020 at 4:29 PM

    Thanks to everyone who’s pledged so far - we’ve already raised $16,485!

     

     

    It’s been a wild ride since we launched the “Vote Yes On Our Terms” campaign at the start of June. We have already reached 880,000 people on social media, 1,136,000 with print advertising and 746,000 with our TV ads. The public have received our campaign well. At least many have, but we have faced some challenges.

    Not everyone agrees with what we have to say, some even want our ads taken off air (“Complaints pile up following Drug Foundation's 'vote yes' to cannabis campaign.” But we stand by our campaign 200% (“Drug Foundation defends cannabis referendum campaign”).

    We’re only getting started. If we’re going to reach our target and keep this campaign going through the final three months to the election on 19 September, we need some extra help.

     

    Spread the Word

    One of the most important things you can do is spread the word. Share the campaign with your social media networks and encourage supportive friends and whānau to pledge. Talk about why you’re voting yes, and why this issue matters to you. We’ve got resources available here to help you start those conversations. 

     

    Help us raise more funds

    You can also help us reach our target by contributing new rewards that we can offer to supporters. The sky’s the limit here, so get creative. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

    • Want to organise a fundraising gig? Comedy, music, cabaret, theatre - we love it all. 
    • If you have connections to a celebrity who wants to help, let us know. Famous New Zealanders coming out in staunch support of a Yes vote could make a huge difference to the campaign, and we’d love to work with you to come up with an exciting reward like a dinner party, an event, or a behind-the-scenes tour. 
    • Could you (or your business) donate a reward? Vouchers, products, and services are all great rewards, whether you’re a restaurant, a baker, a babysitter, an artist, or something else. Every little bit helps!


    If you're keen to help, or if you've got another idea, we’d love to hear from you. Just reply to this email or send one to [email protected].

    Cheers,

    team On Our Terms

     

      Josie Olsen
      2020-07-21 09:25:42 +1200
      Michael Chiles
      2020-07-21 09:21:58 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-07-21 09:04:08 +1200
      [email protected]
      2020-07-21 08:57:46 +1200
      Martine
      2020-07-21 08:55:50 +1200
      Tayte Cozens
      2020-07-21 08:52:23 +1200
      Aaron McTainsh
      2020-07-21 08:40:04 +1200

      "Lets fight for our rights and not let people tell us what we can do in our own homes!"

      Anonymous pledger
      2020-07-21 08:38:40 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-07-21 08:31:34 +1200
      Scott D Mercer
      2020-07-21 08:31:13 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-07-21 08:29:23 +1200
      Adam Macfarlane-Hill
      2020-07-21 08:25:48 +1200
      Rebecca Weight
      2020-07-21 08:23:23 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-07-21 08:10:18 +1200
      Omar Crawford
      2020-07-21 07:59:39 +1200
      Clare Aitcheson
      2020-07-21 07:59:32 +1200
      Deb Fraser-Komene
      2020-07-21 07:52:27 +1200

      "I support changing our out of date drug laws and providing a health based approach to drug use."

      Anonymous pledger
      2020-07-21 07:37:22 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-07-21 07:35:58 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-07-21 07:31:28 +1200
      Ben Castelow
      2020-07-21 07:18:40 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-07-21 07:08:31 +1200

      "Tautoko tenei kaupapa!"

      Mel McMinn
      2020-07-21 06:51:14 +1200

      "I have chronic migraines that don't respond to treatment and I'd like to be able to legally explore the medicinal values of cannabis."

      Allan Webb
      2020-07-21 06:18:33 +1200

      "Hi from Hawkes Bay. "

      Anonymous pledger
      2020-07-21 06:18:00 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-07-21 02:41:10 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-07-21 01:35:19 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-07-21 01:24:32 +1200

      "Good luck with the campaign!"

      Anonymous pledger
      2020-07-21 00:40:06 +1200
      Troy Michie
      2020-07-21 00:23:49 +1200

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