marta rychert, BA, LLM, PhD
Marta is a Research Officer at the SHORE & Whariki Research Centre. Her work lies at the intersection of health, policy and law, with particular focus on the legal aspects of regulating AOD (alcohol and other drugs). This includes new policy responses to recreational cannabis, medicinal cannabis law reform, regulatory approaches to new psychoactive substances (NPS, “legal highs”) and regulation of other psychoactive products such as alcohol, tobacco and e-cigarettes.
Her PhD critically analysed New Zealand’s Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 and its implementation process. She currently leads a Marsden project investigating international not-for-profit approaches to cannabis law reform (2019-2022) and Health Research Council funded study on medicinal cannabis law reform in New Zealand (2019-2022). Prior to joining SHORE, she worked at the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in Lisbon, where she analysed the drug policies of European Union countries. As well as a PhD in Public Health (Massey University, New Zealand), she holds a Master’s Degree in Law (University of Warsaw, Poland).