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In less than one year, New Zealanders will decide whether their country should be the third in the world to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes.

Details of the binding referendum set to coincide with the November 2020 general election were revealed Tuesday, with Kiwi voters asked to respond with a “yes” or “no” to the question: “Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?” A draft version of that bill was also made public on Tuesday and while key details remain pending – such as specific licensing requirements for cultivation, processing and manufacturing – the proposed legislation paints the clearest picture to date of the form New Zealand’s cannabis market might take.

What would – and what would not – be allowed should the draft bill become law in its current form:
Purchase and possession of cannabis for those aged 20 and abovePurchasing or possessing more than 14 grams of dried flower at a time
Cultivation of 2 plants per household resident over 20 (max 4 per home)Consumption in public space
Share up to 14 grams of cannabis with someone aged 20 or oldereCommerce (all sales must be from physical storefronts)
Produce cannabis-infused foods and drinks for personal consumptionMarketing or advertising cannabis products
Consumption lounges licensed separately from retail storesMarketing or advertising cannabis products

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