New Zealand votes AGAINST legalising cannabis

New Zealand votes AGAINST legalising cannabis but for allowing euthanasia in landmark referendums

New Zealand has voted against legalising cannabis in a referendum, preliminary results show. 

Early results show 53.1 per cent of Kiwis were against making the drug legal, with 46.1 per cent in support. 

A separate referendum was held on assisted dying, with the End of Live Choice Bill backed overwhelmingly by the public. 

New Zealand has voted against legalising cannabis in a referendum, preliminary results show

More than 65 per cent of New Zealanders voted Yes to allowing euthanasia. 

The bill will likely become law in a year’s time.   

Jacinda Ardern is expected to reveal today how she voted in the cannabis referendum, after staying remarkably coy on the issue during the election campaign, which ran side-by-side with the referendums. 

The National Organisation for Reform of Marijuana Laws, NORML, said the early results were hard to swallow. 

‘I think it would be fair to say there is some bitter disappointment,’ Norml president Chris Fowlie said. 

More to come. 

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