New Zealand will have a referendum on legalising marijuana for personal use as part of the Greens deal with Labour. An email to party members sets out policies the Greens secured in their confidence and supply agreement. Drug use will be treated as a health issue and there will be an increase in drug and alcohol treatment funding. Leader James Shaw said it was time to test public opinion on the question of marijuana for personal use. “After [the late trade unionist] Helen Kelly‘s medicinal cannabis campaign and other moves to move towards a more regulated market model in places like Colorado and Hawaii and some of the states in Canada … it does seem that the public mood has shifted.
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