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New Zealand will hold a referendum on legalising cannabis

New Zealand will hold a referendum on the legalization of marijuana for personal use by 2020. The vote will take place at the time of the next election, the country’s justice minister Andrew Little informs. The referendum is part of a coalition agreement between the Greens and Labor Environment Party.

According to spokesman Chloe Swarbrick in Greens, an illegal use of marijuana is widely used throughout the country.

“There is no quality control, which can exacerbate the health risk, and the drug is sold by gangs, contributing to violence and crime in our local environment,” she says.

Last week, New Zealand adopted a bill to legalize the use of marijuana for medical use.

Being the majority in the referendum, New Zealand becomes the fourth country in the world to legalize cannabis for everybody. From before, Canada, South Africa and Uruguay have legalized marijuana, in addition, it is legal in some states in the United States. The former is the world’s largest marijuana marketplace and, by the way, ran out of cannabis two weeks after the legalization.

(© NTB)

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