New Zealand: Voters to Decide on National Marijuana Legalization Referendum

Wellington, New Zealand: Voters in New Zealand will decide this September on a national referendum to legalize the possession and use of cannabis by those age 20 and older.

The measure, entitled the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, is one of two ballot questions that will be decided alongside the General Election on September 19, 2020.

The binding referendum mandates lawmakers to establish rules and regulations permitting the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis and cannabis-infused products. Those 20 years of age or older would be permitted to purchase up to 14 grams of herbal cannabis per day, or to grow their own plants (up to four plants per household).

According to nationwide survey data published in March, 54 percent of New Zealanders say that they intend to vote ‘yes’ on the marijuana referendum.

Under current New Zealand law, the adult use of marijuana is criminalized, punishable by up to three months in jail.

For more information, contact NORML New Zealand.