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 problem ahead of they cast their vote on a referendum in 2020.
Justice Minister Andrew Small says that it is vital for voters to go into the 2020 Basic Election informed on the referendum.
“By producing the referendum inquiries and the initial draft Cannabis Legalisation and Handle Bill accessible early the intention is to encourage public awareness and discussion,” says Justice Minister Small. “It is vital that the public really feel they can meaningfully participate in the referendum procedure.”
Small says that he aims to have the final draft of the Bill accessible by early 2020 so there is time to argue for modify.
Whilst recreational marijuana is at the moment illegal, medicinal cannabis solutions are accessible 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 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 solutions without the need of a prescription.
The Bill would ban all advertising and marketing and marketing of cannabis solutions, 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.