New Zealand to hold referendum on recreational legalization

New Zealand Proposes Referendum for Full Legalization of 2020 to Legalize Medical Legalization of Cannabis

New Zealand will hold a referendum on legalizing recreational cannabis in the 2020 general election, a week after the legalization of medical cannabis use.

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New Zealand government promises pro-cannabists a referendum on the total legalization of cannabis

New Zealand promises the ecological party toorganize a referendum on the total legalization of cannabis in 2020.

Longtime advocate for the legalization of all drugs, 'Greens' MP Chlöe Swarbrick welcomed the government's announcement.

She says she is determined to treat drug use and addiction as a health problem, not a criminal matter ...

Just like in France, cannabis is widely consumed in New Zealand. However, the police largely turn a blind eye to small-scale personal use.

New Zealanders in favor of cannabis

According to a survey of New Zealand Drug Foundation earlier this year, two-thirds of respondents were in favor of legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis.

"We know from polls conducted for a number of years that a majority of New Zealanders support cannabis law reform," said Sandra Murray, a spokesperson for the Cannabis Reform Coalition.

However, she said details of what exactly would be asked of voters had not yet been released.

"It is disappointing that we have not yet clarified the matter," said Murray. “Our coalition reiterates our preference for a two-part question that first asks whether people support the possession and cultivation of cannabis for personal use by adults, and second whether they support the possibility of adults buying cannabis. cannabis in licensed facilities. This could take the form of a modular bill that would allow the adoption of one or both sections, depending on the outcome of the referendum. "

In the race to be the third country of legalization

If New Zealand legalizes recreational cannabis, it will only be the third country in the world to do so after Uruguay and Canada, as well as nine US states and the District of Columbia. Note that cannabis has been decriminalized in many parts of Europe.

Thus, the legalization of cannabis is perhaps only the first in a series of referendums on which New Zealanders will vote in 2020 ...

Cannabis supporters hope for a positive outcome in the face of the country's last major referendum which took place in 2016 ... That year, New Zealanders refused to change the country's flag after a year-long campaign that cost more than $ 17 million ...

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