Growing majority of Kiwis support legalising cannabis, new poll finds

A growing majority of New Zealanders support legalising cannabis for personal use, according to a new poll just three months from a national referendum.

Licensed medicinal cannabis company Helius Therapeutics commissioned the independent Horizon Research survey of nearly 1600 Kiwis. It found 56 per cent of respondents plan to vote for legalising cannabis for personal use on September 19.

Support for legalising pot continues to grow after the last Horizon poll in February registered 54 per cent support for the bill.

The poll also found women, at 59 per cent, favoured legalisation more than men, at 52 per cent.

The survey asked respondents if they would vote yes for the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill in a non-binding referendum, which will be held on at the same time as the national election.

Helius Therapeutics chief executive Paul Manning said the poll spoke to an evenly divided country on the issue.

“This result will energise both the yes and no camps. It shows just how close the vote will be.”

Support for legalising cannabis also contrasted sharply according to political allegiance with National voters by far the least in favour, at just 31 per cent.

Green voters were the most in favour of the bill with 81 per cent support. [read more @ NZ Herald]

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