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Right now, people who use cannabis get it from the black market, outside of any Government control. This is not about creating a new market – it’s about putting controls around an existing one.

Despite cannabis being illegal, anyone can buy it easily. 590,000 New Zealanders used cannabis last year. Our current law is clearly not working. 

We know that cannabis, like any drug, can do harm, especially if you use it when you’re young, use heavily or use high potency products. Because cannabis is illegal, we have no control over it right now. The purpose of the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill is to put those controls in place, from seed to sale. This will make it safer, and help New Zealanders to reduce harmful use over time. 

 

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