New Zealand is on track to vote on cannabis legalization in 2020.
The New Zealand government on Tuesday released a draft Cannabis Legalization and Manage 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 guarantee that New Zealanders are informed and educated on the concern just before they cast their vote on a referendum in 2020.
Justice Minister Andrew Small says that it is critical for voters to go into the 2020 Common Election informed on the referendum.
“By producing the referendum inquiries and the initial draft Cannabis Legalisation and Manage Bill obtainable early the intention is to encourage public awareness and discussion,” says Justice Minister Small. “It is critical that the public really feel they can meaningfully participate in the referendum approach.”
Small says that he aims to have the final draft of the Bill obtainable by early 2020 so there is time to argue for adjust.
When recreational marijuana is at present illegal, medicinal cannabis goods are obtainable in New Zealand with a prescription, and the existing 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 acquire, possess, and consume recreational cannabis goods without having a prescription.
The Bill would ban all promoting and marketing of cannabis goods, limit consumption to private properties and licensed premises, set restrictions on potency, limit sales to especially-licensed brick-and-mortar shops, and establish a licensing program for all stages of production from seed to sale.