Discussion paper

NZ’s cannabis referendum 2020

Some facts and recommendations about the process of cannabis legalisation
Criminal law Harm reduction Cannabis New Zealand

A referendum this year will ask the public whether they support legalising the use of cannabis, accompanied by regulation, education and taxation.

NZIER recommended a similar approach in 2016, after concluding that prohibition of cannabis in New Zealand has been an expensive and failed attempt to reduce harm or use. To aid public debate on this issue, NZIER has revisited their 2016 work, updated the overseas evidence and assessed the government’s proposal.

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