New Zealand is on track to vote on cannabis legalization in 2020.
The New Zealand government on Tuesday released a draft Cannabis Legalization and Handle 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 certain that New Zealanders are informed and educated on the situation ahead of they cast their vote on a referendum in 2020.
Justice Minister Andrew Tiny says that it is vital for voters to go into the 2020 Common Election informed on the referendum.
“By producing the referendum queries and the initial draft Cannabis Legalisation and Handle Bill obtainable early the intention is to encourage public awareness and discussion,” says Justice Minister Tiny. “It is vital that the public really feel they can meaningfully participate in the referendum procedure.”
Tiny says that he aims to have the final draft of the Bill obtainable by early 2020 so there is time to argue for modify.
The referendum divides cannabis into recreational, medicinal, and hemp categories.
Whilst recreational marijuana is presently illegal, medicinal cannabis merchandise are obtainable in New Zealand with a prescription, and the present scheme governing the production and sale of hemp has been in location in the nation considering the fact that 2006.
Beneath the guidelines of the Bill, adults more than the age of 20 would be permitted to buy, possess, and consume recreational cannabis merchandise with no a prescription.
The Bill would ban all promoting and marketing of cannabis merchandise, limit consumption to private residences and licensed premises, set restrictions on potency, limit sales to particularly-licensed brick-and-mortar shops, and establish a licensing program for all stages of production from seed to sale.