We can’t ignore cannabis referendum

Dr Fiona Hutton urges us not to turn a blind eye to the cannabis referendum, even though it may not feel significant amid Covid-19.

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"I for one am delighted to see the Government has released the final version of the bill we will all vote on in the referendum on September 19 – and am also delighted to see its aims are clearly stated and focused on a health-based harm reduction approach to cannabis.

That the team behind the cannabis referendum, as well as the ministers involved, have been working away at this, despite the advent of Covid-19, demonstrates the importance of this issue for New Zealand. Although we are preoccupied with the coronavirus on a number of levels, other important issues, such as this, should also be given some of our attention", says Criminologist Fiona Hutton.

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