New Zealand cools on legalising cannabis

  • It is believed to be the first country in the world to put the legalisation of recreational cannabis to a national public vote.
  • New Zealand would join Canada and Uruguay on the list of countries legalising the sale and use of cannabis for adults if more than half of voters approved it.
  • The proposed law would legalise cannabis for people older than 20 – regulating how it is grown, used and sold – and the referendum question is non-binding; a “yes” vote means the next Parliament would have a mandate to pass it.
  • People would be allowed to buy 14g a day of cannabis under the proposed law, and grow two plants. 
  • The bill includes advertising restrictions and a cap on how much of the market one company could dominate.