Another cannabis referendum? Vote proposed on decriminalisation

By November 30, 2020 Recent News

NZ Herald 28 November 2020
Family First Comment: This will be interesting to watch:
1. Trying to organise 350,000 signatures is a massive mammoth task
2. Greens oppose decriminalisation
3. Politicians hate citizens initiated referendums and have never respected them!
4. The Green Party guys name is Bouma (sounds like ……)

Another referendum on cannabis is being proposed – this time to decriminalise, but not legalise, the drug.

A public notice in today’s Herald gives notice that a citizen-initiated referendum has been proposed asking: “Should New Zealand decriminalise the possession of cannabis for personal use?”

The proposal, lodged by Wellington Central Young Greens activist Mathew Bouma, is open for comments on the proposed wording until February 1.

House of Representatives Clerk David Wilson and Bouma must then agree on a final wording, and the issue will go to a referendum if Bouma can collect valid signatures from at least one-tenth of the country’s 3.55 million electors – 355,000 people – within 12 months.

The initiative comes just six weeks after a narrow majority of 50.7 per cent of New Zealanders voted against legalising cannabis.