Government reveals cannabis referendum legalisation details

The cannabis market would be overseen by the Cannabis Regulatory Authority
Stuff (New Zealand)
Friday, May 1, 2020

nz cannabis referendum2Proposed cannabis legalisation will ban items designed to appeal to young people, set a four-year prison term for selling to under 20-year-olds and allow cannabis 'coffee shops' to open. The Government released details of the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be voted on in one of two referendums at this year’s general election. It was released in draft form in December last year. The final version also confirmed the wording of the cannabis referendum question will be a straight 'Yes or No' option. The Bill sets out the regulation regime that would legalise the production, possession and uses of cannabis in New Zealand for those aged 20 years and older. (See also: Reeferendum: Proposed big fines for cannabis corporates, 'help not handcuffs' for young cannabis users)