PM won’t commit to law change if marijuana referendum successful

By May 24, 2018 Recent News

Radio NZ News 24 May 2018
Family First Comment: How ironic!
“Green Party co-leader James Shaw said the government should listen to the public if it voted to legalise marijuana. “I mean, there’s not a lot of point holding a referendum if you don’t pay any attention to the result.””
Really? Tell your Party that.

The Prime Minister will not yet commit to legalising marijuana, even if the public votes for it in a non-binding referendum.

The government is debating when to hold the referendum.

While it would be cheaper to hold the vote at the next General Election in 2020, some politicians did not want the marijuana debate to dominate the election campaign and said it should be held in 2019.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the referendum – which was part of Labour’s confidence and supply agreement with the Green Party – was in the “early days” of drafting.

“We haven’t even drafted the question yet so that’s all part of the work that we need to do.

“But of course we’re asking the question of the public because we want to know where New Zealanders’ sentiments lie.”

The deal with the Green Party only specified the referendum would be held, not that the law would be changed if the public voted in favour.
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