NZ cannabis campaign on a knife edge

7 News 31 July 2020
Family First Comment: Are they getting desperate?
“Many [on the Yes campaign] want the country’s most popular politician, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, to join the push to get the measure over the line.”
NZ Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell says “every vote is going to count”. “It’s tracking very tight. That’s what keeps me awake at night,”
(PS: We’re sleeping like babies 🙂 )

Fifty days out from a national referendum, cannabis legalisation campaigners in New Zealand are fearful a lack of public advocates could cost them a chance at carefully crafted law reform.

And many want the country’s most popular politician, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, to join the push to get the measure over the line.

Kiwis will decide whether to legalise personal marijuana use as one of two public votes – the other being euthanasia – alongside the election on September 19.

Opinion polls for the “reeferendum” show a tight contest.

Proponents have spruiked online polls showing the ‘Yes’ vote ahead, though the last six polls taken by broadcaster-backed public pollsters have ‘No’ in front.

NZ Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell says “every vote is going to count”.

“It’s tracking very tight. That’s what keeps me awake at night,” he tells AAP.

The ‘No’ campaign – badged ‘Say Nope to Dope’ – is resolute in opposition, arguing the dangers of more widespread use through legalisation.
READ MORE: https://7news.com.au/news/crime/nz-cannabis-campaign-on-a-knife-edge-c-1207476

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