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New Zealand Poll Shows Majority Support For Marijuana Reform


New Zealand drugsA poll was recently conducted by Herald-DigiPoll which asked residents of New Zealand if they supported cannabis reform, or wanted to keep cannabis illegal. Currently cannabis possession in New Zealand is a crime and carries a fine of $500 or three months in jail or both. A majority of poll participants stated that they wanted cannabis laws to be reformed to either legalize cannabis, or decriminalize it.

About one third of poll participants stated that they want cannabis to be decriminalized. About one fifth stated that they wanted cannabis to be fully legalized. Those two categories combined for 52.4%. Compare that to 45% of poll participants who want to keep cannabis illegal in New Zealand. 2.6% of poll participants stated that they were undecided. Even if all of the undecided participants changed their stance to opposing cannabis reform, a majority of poll participants would still support cannabis reform.

Per the New Zealand Herald:

 Labour drug and alcohol spokesman Iain Lees-Galloway said there was a growing mood for reform.

“We wouldn’t look at legalisation in the first instance, but we want to use the Law Commission report as a starting point for a conversation.”

New Zealanders are joining a growing majority of cannabis reform supporters across the globe. Uruguay has legalized cannabis in the last year, and many more countries are exploring following in Uruguay’s footsteps. In America, cannabis is already legal in Washington and Colorado, and Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. could also legalize cannabis this November. Cannabis prohibition has failed, and more and more people are realizing that everyday.

Source: International Cannabis Business Conference


About Author

Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.


  1. Martin Edmonds on

    Sounds horribly inaccurate… The Green Party etc have the right idea! For once, I am all for following the USA. Legalize it. Tax it. Fund unbiased educare.


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  3. Only a fifth (20%) say they want cannabis fully LEGALIZED. So that means 80% of New Zealand does NOT want you to be able to buy cannabis in a store like alcohol! Theres a BIG DIFFERENCE between DECRIMINALIZATION and LEGALIZATION. Legalization means you could possess it, use it, grow it with zero penalties. And you have the option of getting from a store rather than off the street from drug dealers. Decriminalization is the same as the status quo. No cannabis stores for me to buy it from.

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