In this year's General Election, you can also vote in a referendum on whether the recreational use of cannabis should become legal.
Your vote will be based on the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which has been developed to help give New Zealanders an idea of how the law might work.
You can choose 1 of these 2 answers.
I support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.
I do not support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.
The proposed Bill sets out a way for the Government to control and regulate cannabis. This regulatory model covers how people can produce, supply, or consume cannabis.
The Bill's main purpose is to reduce cannabis-related harm to individuals, families/whānau and communities.
The proposed Bill does not cover medicinal cannabis, hemp, driving while impaired, or workplace health and safety issues. These are covered by existing laws.
Medicinal cannabis is already legal under the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme.
The Bill would allow people to possess and consume cannabis in limited circumstances.
A person aged 20 or over would be able to:
The Bill intends to reduce cannabis-related harm to individuals, families/whānau and communities by:
The Bill would regulate how cannabis is produced and supplied by:
If more than 50% of people vote 'Yes' in the referendum, recreational cannabis wouldn't become legal straight away. After the election, the incoming Government can introduce a Bill to Parliament that would legalise and control cannabis. This process would include the opportunity for the public to share their thoughts and ideas on how the law might work.
If more than 50% of people vote 'No' in the referendum, recreational cannabis would remain illegal, as is the current law.
Medicinal cannabis and hemp will not be affected by the outcome of the referendum. Medicinal use of cannabis will still be allowed if prescribed by a doctor, and hemp will still be legal.
Visit the Bill summary page to find out what the proposed law says about:
Find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the cannabis referendum and the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.