Government releases cannabis referendum details

A legal purchase age will be 20
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand)
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

People will vote on a proposal for a legal cannabis market in 2020 with tightly controlled rules including special bars for consumption, special outlets for sales, and strict rules for home-grown cannabis. Justice Minister Andrew Little made the much-anticipated announcement, including proposals to limit the potency of products, and having a licensing regime to control all stages of the supply chain as well as all available products - including edibles and resins. "Cabinet has agreed there will be a simple Yes/No question on the basis of a draft piece of legislation," Little said. A bill will be drafted before the 2020 election, but will not be passed into law, calling into question whether the referendum will be binding. (See also: Cannabis referendum: A simple yes or no question on reform at 2020 General Election |Explainer)