Where the two major parties stand on legalising cannabis

By August 12, 2020 Recent News

Election 2020: A National-Act Govt may not legalise cannabis following a ‘yes’ vote
NZ Herald 12 August 2020
Our additional comment: Summary – National will put the brakes on. Labour will have it in law by lunchtime.

A majority “yes” vote in next month’s cannabis referendum would not necessarily lead to its personal use being legalised if National was in charge after the election.

The party’s drug reform spokesman Nick Smith said the party would abide by a “yes” vote by introducing the Government’s Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which outlines the proposed regulatory framework for a legal market.

But whether National, which opposes legalising for recreational use, would then support the bill to become law would depend on the select committee process following the bill’s first reading.
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Election 2020: Jacinda Ardern refuses to say how she will vote in cannabis referendum
NZ Herald 11 August 2020
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern won’t reveal how she would vote in the upcoming referendum to legalise cannabis for recreational use.

Asked about the referendum to legalise cannabis and how she’d vote, Ardern said her vote was a good as her neighbour’s vote. Her focus was to ensure the Government was facilitating the referendum. She would not reveal her views when pressed on the issue by reporters.
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