Live: Govt rules out cannabis law reform for ‘foreseeable future’

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30 Oct, 2020 02:22 AM

Justice Minister Andrew Little said voters had spoken and were “uncomfortable” with legalisation of cannabis. Video / RNZ
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The Government has ruled out wider drug law reforms – including legalising or decriminalising cannabis – for the “foreseeable future” in the wake of the ‘”no” result in the cannabis referendum.

But Justice Minister Andrew Little says current drug laws will be reviewed to ensure that people whose worst offence is drug possession are “almost automatically” given a health referral rather than face prosecution.

Currently, only about 10.7 per cent of people caught by police are given a health referral, according to police data.

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The preliminary referendum results, revealed today, showed 53.1 per cent voting “no” on legalising cannabis for personal use, while 46.1 per cent voted “yes”.

The final result won’t be announced…

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