Greens secure referendum on personal cannabis use

By October 20, 2017 Recent News

NewsTalk ZB 20 October 2017
A public referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use will be held by the 2020 election as part of the agreement between the Green and Labour parties.

Green Party leader James Shaw said that legalising cannabis had been party policy for 20 years, and the use of the substance should be a health issue, not a criminal justice issue.

“The prohibition model hasn’t work, plus it puts the entire trade into the hands of gangs.

“If you had a regulated market, the same way we do with alcohol and tobacco, you can control the price, advertising, point of sale, quality, and run full public health education campaigns.”

Shaw said public opinion on cannabis use had shifted, and a referendum on the issue by 2020 would be timely.

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