Why did New Zealand's referendum to legalise recreational cannabis fail?

  title={Why did New Zealand's referendum to legalise recreational cannabis fail?},
  author={Marta Rychert and Chris Wilkins},
  journal={Drug and alcohol review},
New Zealand recently held the world's first national referendum on cannabis legalisation involving a detailed bill to regulate retail sale and supply of cannabis for recreational (non-medical) adult use (i.e. the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill; CLCB). The referendum generated significant domestic debate and lobbying from both sides of the issue. The CLCB was narrowly defeated, with 48.4% voting to support versus 50.7% opposed. In this commentary, we discuss the referendum campaigns and… 
7 Citations
The symbolic value of drugs may not favour rational policy decisions
Looking back, it is thought that had the reforms in Dutch drug policy in the 1970s and 1990s been put to a popular vote, they probably would have failed, and referenda may be potent political tools as game-changers.
Children as voices and images for medicinal cannabis law reform
The role played by children with epileptic syndromes in the medicinal cannabis law reform campaigns in the United Kingdom and Australia is described and whether paediatric epilepsy is a suitable test case for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis is reviewed.


New Zealand's 'Cannabis Legalisation and Regulation Bill': an evidence-based assessment and critique of essential regulatory components towards policy outcomes.
New Zealand's cannabis legalisation plan is embedded within an overall public health-oriented framework, however, multiple essential regulatory provisions appear questionable for feasibility, consistency with public health principles or practice, or may lead to-possibly un-intended-adverse outcomes.
Cannabis, the cannabis referendum and Māori youth: a review from a lifecourse perspective
ABSTRACT For Māori, the Indigenous peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand, cannabis use and resulting interactions with the justice system are shaped by structural determinants of inequity including the