How New Zealand Will Vote On Cannabis Is Anyone’s Guess As Election Day Nears

New Zealand will head to the polls on Oct. 17 to decide cannabis legalization.

The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill would let adults 20 and over buy up to 14 grams of marijuana and grow up to two plants per person, or four per household.

The ballot question does not address medical cannabis.

New Zealand is regarded as a liberal-leaning nation, and it could be assumed that the vote is sure to pass. However, recent polling indicated that support has wavered.

Related link: New Zealand’s Cannabis Reform Is Akin To Canada’s But With A Protectionist Tinge

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Unlike Mexico, Canada or Uruguay, New Zealand could be the first to pass the measure through a public vote. That said, it may also become the first nation to fail at passing it through a public vote.

According to polls conducted in 2020 and 2019, support for the bill declined

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