The battle to legalise cannabis in New Zealand is starting to ramp up, and with the way things are going, it’s looking like we could come to a decision before Christmas.
Justice Minister, Andrew Little, who has been the front runner behind this whole process, has expressed that both the Green party and Labour are working to hold a referendum on legalising the personal use of cannabis “at, or by, the 2020 general election”.
I expect we will have decisions, finalised decisions, in the next few weeks - there’s a paper that has been just now circulating and I expect it will go to Cabinet as I say in the next three, four weeks.
Little has stated.
Critical decisions on the referendum will be made soon, which can then be shared with the public.
Ahead of the vote, Ross Bell, executive director of the NZ Drug Foundation has said there is an “urgent need for clarity” about structure and timing because of the budgets bids involved.
The preference is that the referendum is held alongside the 2020 general election, so that there was plenty of time to establish the public education prior.
We just can’t wait to get the ball rollin’.