New Zealand says no to legalizing cannabis for personal use

New Zealand says no to legalizing cannabis for personal use
Oct
31
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By Shivdeep Dhaliwal

The people of New Zealand have voted to reject the legalization of cannabis in the island nation, preliminary results of a referendum indicated Friday, the New Zealand Herald reported.

What Happened: While 53.1% voted to reject the legalization move, 46.1% were in the bid’s favor. The final results will be announced Nov. 6 and will include nearly 480,000 special votes, according to the Herald. 

The government of New Zealand has reportedly ruled out reform of the country’s drug laws — including decriminalization of cannabis — as a result of the referendum.

Justice Minister Andrew Little however said that drug laws would be overhauled, so that people whose worst offense is possession would be given a health referral instead of facing prosecution. 

“We have no other plans for drug law reform,” said Little  — adding, “The New Zealand voting public have made their decision. We have to respect that decision,” the Herald reported.

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