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Referendum for recreational cannabis with positive vote by the Minister of Health



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The population of New Zealand votes in 2020 a referendum that aims to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes across the country. The health minister, who told TVNZ1 Q+A that "the ban doesn't work", intends to vote in favour.

The population of New Zealand is preparing to decide, in 2020, on the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes. It will be the first country to allow the legalization of cannabis nationwide through popular vote.

“The referendum is an approach based on the health of drug users, to minimize harm and take control of criminal groups”, published the Minister of Justice. in a press release.

The document that will be put to a vote is not yet known, however, it will contain the following topics:

  • Minimum age of 20 years to use and purchase cannabis for recreational purposes;
  • Regulations and controls in commercial supply;
  • Limited home growing options;
  • A public education program;
  • Stakeholder involvement;

Minister of Health votes in favor

For the New Zealand health minister, voters are in a position to decide whether cannabis should be legalized for recreational purposes. referendum to be held at the same time as the 2020 general elections. 

“I will probably vote for it,” said Dr. Clark. “This is a matter of conscience, and I do not do it as Minister of Health.” In "my experience, prohibition doesn't work," Clark said, noting that "it's happened before with alcohol in the US."

The Minister further argues that “the quality of cannabis regulation for recreational purposes is the key to ensuring that cannabis does not fall into the wrong hands”.


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