New Zealanders will be able to vote on whether they want to legalize cannabis in a referendum next year. The draft law under consideration would allow people over the age of 20 to purchase the drug.
New Zealand will hold a referendum on legalizing cannabis during the 2020 general election, the government announced Tuesday.
Justice Minister Andrew Little said the vote would be binding, but it will ultimately be up to the next administration to enact the legislation.
Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in New Zealand, according to the national drug foundation. Surveys show that around 80% of New Zealanders over the age of 21 have tried it at least once, while 10% use it regularly.