Vote will coincide with 2020 general election; it follows legalisation of drug’s use for medicinal purposes.

New Zealand will hold a referendum on whether to legalise cannabis for recreational use at the general election in 2020, a week after legalising the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

The governing Labour party promised the Green party they would hold a national referendum on legalising the drug, as part of the confidence and supply agreement between the two.

Cannabis is widely consumed in New Zealand with police largely turning a blind eye to small-scale, personal use.

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Eleanor Ainge Roy ~ TheGuardian.com

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