Yes or No: New Zealanders Head to the Polls to Legalize Cannabis

Yes or No: New Zealanders Head to the Polls to Legalize Cannabis

Today, New Zealand gains the opportunity to become the first country in the world to legalize cannabis via a national public vote. Landing a spot on this year’s ballot is the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which would provide a regulatory framework around the production, sale, purchase and consumption of adult-use cannabis in New Zealand. What’s at Stake in the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill The proposed  Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill would allow adults at least 20 years of age to: • Buy up to 14 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent) per day from licensed outlets. • Enter licensed premises where cannabis is sold or consumed. • Grow up to two plants, with a maximum of four plants per household. • Share up to 14 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent) with another person aged 20 or over. One of the key highlights from the bill allows for cannabis consumption premises, providing a much-needed safe place for people to consume. The proposed lounges could operate as either a BYO or a combined cannabis retail/consumption premise with the option of selling food and beverages. As the bill is mainly focused around health and harm reduction, a new regulatory body, the Cannabis Regulatory Authority, would be established to “promote the well-being of New Zealanders, reducing cannabis-related harm and to reduce the overall use of cannabis over time.” But it’s a close call on whether Kiwis will tick the “green box.” New Zealand’s largest medicinal cannabis company, Helius Therapeutics,…

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