The government in New Zealand has released details of how a referendum will be conducted in 2020 on the legalization of recreational marijuana. The plan was released by Andrew Little, the Justice Minister, in a press release.
The three parties which make up the current government agreed on the basic elements of the plan through which recreational marijuana use will be regulated, taxed and commercialized for adults 20 and above. The outcome of the vote will be binding, so voters shouldn’t have any fears that the government will not implement the decision of the people.
In the proposal, people will be allowed to grow a limited number of cannabis plants and licenses will be issued to places where recreational consumption can be done outside the privacy of people’s homes. Marijuana advertising will be highly restricted as well.
For the voters to make a decision, the referendum question needs to be as clear as possible so that if approval is given, voters know what legalization model they have voted for. This will prevent the lack of clarity on how to implement the decision of voters as is playing out in Britain after voters approved Britain’s exit from the EU but how to implement that decision has proved to be more divisive than the referendum on Brexit.
Andrew Little revealed that the cabinet decided to hold the referendum on full legalization because simply decriminalizing recreational cannabis would not provide the public health safeguards the country needs in order to protect the youth and help those who are addicted.
The minister also outlined the primary and the secondary objectives of the legalization bill which will be formulated so that voters decide based on the contents of that draft bill. These objectives include disempowering the illegal cannabis trade, ensuring cannabis product safety through the control of THC concentrations, and fiscal sustainability.
The legalization plan outlines the timelines for different activities which will be done in the run up to the referendum in 2020. These activities include inter-party consultation, receiving and analyzing feedback from stakeholders about the legalization model and voter education about the entire legalization plan after all the relevant documents have been printed and disseminated widely across the country.
If recreational marijuana is finally legalized through the referendum, New Zealand will be the first country in the world to legalize adult-use marijuana through a referendum. Uruguay and Canada took a legislative route.
ChineseInvestors.com, Inc. (OTCQB: CIIX) and Chemistree Technology Inc. (CSE: CHM) (OTCQB: CHMJF) applaud the government in New Zealand for taking the time to formulate a detailed plan through which the people will be asked to make an informed decision about recreational cannabis. All that is left is to implement the plan and respect the decision made by the voters.
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