New Zealand is on track to vote on cannabis legalization in 2020.
The New Zealand government on Tuesday released a draft Cannabis Legalization and Manage Bill (Bill) for public debate.
The Bill proposes a regulatory model that covers the production, provide, and adult-use of marijuana in New Zealand.
The government has published the draft of the Bill to make sure that New Zealanders are informed and educated on the situation just before they cast their vote on a referendum in 2020.
Justice Minister Andrew Tiny says that it is significant for voters to go into the 2020 Common Election informed on the referendum.
“By creating the referendum concerns and the initial draft Cannabis Legalisation and Manage Bill out there early the intention is to encourage public awareness and discussion,” says Justice Minister Tiny. “It is significant that the public really feel they can meaningfully participate in the referendum course of action.”
Tiny says that he aims to have the final draft of the Bill out there by early 2020 so there is time to argue for modify.
Even though recreational marijuana is presently illegal, medicinal cannabis goods are out there in New Zealand with a prescription, and the existing scheme governing the production and sale of hemp has been in location in the nation considering that 2006.
Below the guidelines of the Bill, adults more than the age of 20 would be permitted to buy, possess, and consume recreational cannabis goods without having a prescription.
The Bill would ban all advertising and marketing and marketing of cannabis goods, limit consumption to private properties and licensed premises, set restrictions on potency, limit sales to particularly-licensed brick-and-mortar shops, and establish a licensing method for all stages of production from seed to sale.