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Available Expert - How will New Zealanders vote on Cannabis?

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

How will New Zealanders vote on Cannabis?

Queen’s University expert Oyedeji Ayonrinde is available to comment on the New Zealand Medical Association’s decision to backtrack on its stance opposing the upcoming cannabis referendum. It now says it is not taking a position on the referendum.

New Zealanders will vote on whether to legalize medically assisted suicide and recreational use of cannabis alongside Friday's general election.

The cannabis referendum asks whether parliament should proceed with a bill allowing consumption of cannabis for nonmedical purposes under certain conditions. New Zealand already allows medicinal use of cannabis.

"The decriminalization or legalization of cannabis is a major policy decision with far-reaching consequences on economies, health care, policing, education and communities.  Underpinning this is the need for robust regulatory and monitoring frameworks as well as an investment in research and cannabis literacy initiatives across the life spectrum" says Dr. Ayonrinde.

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