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Edible ]products (but not medicine or hemp) products will be legal under new legislation that the public will decide on at a referendum next year.

The public will be asked a simple yes/no referendum question and if it passes, Parliament will then pass legislation to make it lawful.

If the referendum results in a no vote, then the status quo will continue.

POLITICS4:07 pm today

Cannabis referendum: Legal edibles, age restrictions and purchasing limits

Edible cannabis products will be legal under new legislation that the public will decide on at a referendum next year.

Justice Minister Andrew Little has released the draft bill for all political parties to provide feedback on and the first step of a public education campaign ahead of the country going to the polls in 2020.

The public will be asked a simple yes/no referendum question and if it passes, Parliament will then pass legislation to make it lawful.

If the referendum results in a no vote, then the status quo will continue.

Read the draft bill online here

The bill includes a minimum age of 20 to use and purchase cannabis, and controls will ensure the potency of the products are regulated.

It also allows for a state licensing regime of cannabis-infused products, such as edibles.

There will also be a purchasing limit – users will only be able to buy a maximum of 14 grams per day – and there will also a limit on the total amount of cannabis grown under licence.

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2019-12/Cannabis%20Legalisation%20and%20Control%20Bill.pdf

In late October, Mr Little announced plans to counter misinformation in any campaigns leading up to the cannabis and the End of Life Choice bills. The plans included a special team within the Ministry of Justice to direct people to information aimed to be as accurate and neutral “as possible”, and to be on the look-out for any attempts to deliberately mislead the public.

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