Category Archives: referendum

Another Cannabis Referendum? Vote Proposed On Decriminalisation

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, […]

New Zealand Votes Against Legalizing Cannabis, Preliminary Results Show

New Zealanders voted to legalize euthanasia in a binding referendum, but preliminary results released Friday showed they likely would not legalize marijuana. With about 83 per cent of votes counted, New Zealanders emphatically endorsed the euthanasia measure with 65 per cent voting in favour and 34 per cent voting against. The “No” vote on marijuana […]

How The Wider Political Agenda Risks Skewing New Zealand’s Cannabis Referendum

One of the curiosities of the 2020 election campaign is Jacinda Ardern’s refusal to reveal her personal position on the cannabis referendum. Next Saturday, New Zealanders can vote in two referendums: the end of life choice on euthanasia, and cannabis legalisation and control referendums; the latter a vote on whether the recreational use of cannabis […]