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The referendum on legalising cannabis will be held at the General Election on 19 September.
We’ll be voting on the Government’s Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which puts regulation in place to minimise the social and health harms of cannabis. The Bill has a special focus on protecting young New Zealanders.
This is the best chance New Zealand has to put public health controls around how we manage cannabis in our country.
The Drug Foundation is backing a ‘Yes’ vote - find out why here. Looking for detail? See our FAQs.
Nearly half of all adult New Zealanders have tried cannabis. It’s clear our current law doesn’t stop people using it.
That makes our law a waste of valuable Police resources. Legalisation will free up Police to focus on serious crime.
Right now, people who use cannabis get it from the black market, outside of any government control.
Legalisation is not about creating a new cannabis market – it’s about putting controls around the existing one, from seed to sale.
We will all benefit from as much as $490M in new taxes from legalising and controlling cannabis.
The government has promised to put this money into health and education programmes that will benefit all New Zealanders.
Cannabis can be an effective medicine for some serious conditions.
Patients should be able to access the medicine that works for them without fear of prosecution. Legal cannabis would mean easier, cheaper access for patients to a wider range of products.
The Drug Foundation is backing the Government’s referendum to legalise and control the cannabis market. Vote ‘Yes’ to put rules around cannabis, free up Police time and put new taxes towards health and education.
We call on every Kiwi to learn the facts, and talk to your friends and family about why you are voting ‘Yes’ on the day.
You cannot buy or use cannabis if you are under 20 years old.
Cannabis products will be sold in plain, child-proof packaging with health warnings on every packet.
Prohibition is a waste of valuable Police resources. Free up time for them to focus on keeping communities safe.
Legalising cannabis will mean improvements in health, justice and economic development for Māori.
Hundreds of millions of new tax dollars will be put towards health and education programmes to benefit all New Zealanders.
Cannabis will be sold from specialist stores only. Use will be restricted to private homes and licensed premises.
22 May 2020
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13 May 2020
A summnary of the key features of the final draft of the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.
08 May 2020
Here is the recording from a LiveChat about the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill held on 6 May 2020.
11 November 2019
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