David Seymour celebrates decisive yes vote on End of Life Choice referendum

30 Octobre, 2020, 07:22 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • New Zealand has provisionally voted to legalise euthanasia but is on course to reject law changes that would allow recreational marijuana use. — HighGradeRoots

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

Almost half a million votes have yet to be counted and the final results will be released on November 6.

New Zealand voted on the two referendums this month while casting ballots during a general election that returned Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to power.

The initial figures do not include special votes - including ballots cast overseas - which account for nearly 20 per cent of the total and could still see the cannabis vote go either way.

Ms Ardern's office confirmed Friday she had voted "yes" in both referendums.

Conservative lawmaker Nick Smith, from the opposition National Party, welcomed the preliminary marijuana result. "New Zealanders have rightly concluded that legalizing recreational cannabis would normalize it, make it more available, increase its use and cause more harm".

"We have said from the outset that this would always come down to voter turnout".

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This had given proponents of marijuana legalisation some hope the measure could still pass.

"This means New Zealand is a compassionate country".

Those with a terminal illness and less than six months to live will be allowed to end their life.

"It was all about giving people choice, dignity and control if they're suffering at the end of their life". He said the mere option of euthanasia would be a burden and pressure for many ailing people and their families, as well as for healthcare and religious workers.

Under the proposed cannabis law, anyone aged over 20 could buy up to 14 grams a day, and households could each grow up to four plants. The government has to ensure the legislation is implemented by October 2021.

While euthanasia has been endorsed, recreational marijuana use is still up in the air.

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