A Narrow Majority Support Cannabis Legalisation – But Turnout Will Be Crucial

A new poll released by the Helen Clark Foundation and the
New Zealand Drug Foundation shows that cannabis legalisation
would pass if the referendum were held today. The results,
from UMR, show 48% in favour and 43% opposed, up from 46%
support in a previous
survey in February. When those who responded unsure were
asked which way they were leaning, a further 3% leaned in
favour.

“These results suggest New Zealanders are
likely to support a sensible approach to cannabis harm
reduction now that they have accurate information about what
is being proposed,” said Kathy Errington, Executive
Director of the Helen Clark Foundation.

“As part of
the campaign to place accurate information in front of New
Zealanders, former Prime Minister Helen Clark will be
appearing alongside Dr Hinemoa Elder and UK drug policy
expert Steve Rolles in a virtual seminar at 11am
today.

“The recent release of the Drug
Foundation’s ‘on our terms’ campaign appears to be
making an impact by providing the public with more
information about the proposed
legislation.”

The proposed legislation
includes an age limit of 20, redistribution of tax into harm
reduction, health and education…

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