The NZ govt has now published a range of resources about the upcoming referendum in 2020 including text of the draft bill. Here’s the summary of positions and we also highlight some of what is said on the now published official website.

Here’s the summary of positions and below we highlight some of what is said on the now published official website

 

Summary-of-current-policy-positions

 

They write

Website URL https://www.referendum.govt.nz/cannabis/index.html

This referendum will ask the public whether the recreational use of cannabis should become legal

  • The referendum will give the public the opportunity to vote on whether the recreational use of cannabis should become legal.
  • The Government has released a draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill for public consideration. The draft Bill describes the key aspects of proposed rules about growing, selling and purchasing cannabis for recreational purposes. The Government is publishing a draft Bill at this point to ensure that New Zealanders are informed about the direction being taken and the decisions that have been made to date. The final draft Bill, which will be released in early 2020, will contain more detail and take into account feedback on the current draft.

The referendum question

The proposed referendum question is:

Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?

Yes, I support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.

No, I do not support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.

Core elements of the Draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill

The draft Bill proposes a regulatory model that is a government-controlled regulated market covering the production, supply and use of cannabis.

The draft legislation outlining the proposed regulated scheme for legally accessing cannabis is currently being developed. Read the first version of the draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill below.

The core elements of the proposed scheme are:

  • A minimum purchase and use age of 20
  • Confining use to private homes and licensed premises
  • Prescribing conditions for personal growing and sharing
  • Requirements for public health messaging
  • Licensing the whole of the supply chain
  • Restricting marketing and advertising

Read a summary of the key policy decisions made to date (PDF 729KB)

 

Draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill (PDF, 478KB)

Draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill (HTML)

The Summary of Policy Positions (PDF 729KB)

Cabinet paper, 2020 Cannabis Referendum – Draft material for public release(PDF, 1.5MB)