A measure to legalize recreational cannabis will be on the ballot in New Zealand in 2019 or 2020, according to a government official.
Justice Minister Andrew Little said lawmakers are deciding whether to hold a stand-alone referendum next year or concurrently with the country’s elections in 2020, Radio New Zealand reported.
Meanwhile, a bill to lay the groundwork for a regulated medical cannabis industry is in the works.
If the government’s bill wins approval, it would ultimately create a domestic medical marijuana market, giving terminally ill people and those suffering from chronic pain a legal avenue to acquire MMJ.
The bill is currently before the Health Committee.
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