NZ says NO to legalised cannabis.

Like the US, New Zealand recently had an election. Unlike the US, the losing candidates were OK with conceding defeat and moving on with their lives. That aside, we had a couple of referendums on which the public could vote for, alongside our chosen candidates. Firstly, there was the euthanasia referendum; this passed with a whopping 66% voting in favour of it. Secondly there was the cannabis referendum; this didn’t pass, but it was a close race. 51.2% voted against it, compared to 48.8% who voted for it.

I was pleased with the euthanasia outcome – this seemed like a pretty clear choice to me. The cannabis results, not so much. Whatever your thoughts on cannabis are, the way I see it, we don’t have much to lose by legalising it and regulating it. At the moment, cannabis use is widespread and unregulated already, controlled by gangs and other dodgy drug dealers. I was therefore surprised that so many people in our country voted no to regulating it, but that’s democracy for you I guess.


7 thoughts on “NZ says NO to legalised cannabis.

  1. I’m surprised so many people voted against weed in NZ. Does it have a certain stigma there?

    I’m also surprised you guys didn’t already have laws supporting euthanasia. You always seem much more progressive than the rest of the world.

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    1. There are progressive people here, including our current government, but you’d be surprised at the number of people here with more conservative leaning backward views too. It’s not quite at the same level as the US… but it’s still present.

      I think euthanasia has always had this stigma attached to it where people falsely equate it to suicide, but this had changed a lot recently. I really don’t understand why so many didn’t want weed legal though, especially given how prevalent it is. As to why we didn’t have laws already, people might want weed and euthanasia to be legal but for a long time we had a government that wasn’t interested in pursuing those things, that’s the other issue.

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      1. In all honesty, I don’t understand why even suicide is illegal. If a person can’t decide when to give up the ghost, do they have true freedom and autonomy over themselves? I think if it was legal and there was a solid process or things to have in place, such as proper estate planning, it would be better for those left behind. People are going to kill themselves regardless. Laws won’t change that and neither does prosperity. The more prosperous a country is, the more people seem to kill themselves.

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      2. I don’t know why either, but I’m willing to bet that a lot of people who commit suicide aren’t in the best frame of mind mentally. If these people went through a ‘process’ then I think they would reconsider whether they actually want to kill themselves or not. Not everyone though.

        You’re right about the law thing not changing anything, This makes it a bad argument from those who equate euthanasia to suicide, since making either legal or not wouldn’t affect how many people commit suicide necessarily. Are suicide rates really higher in more prosperous countries? I haven’t heard that one before but it wouldn’t actually surprise me.

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      3. The process could serve two purposes then. It might cause people to reconsider and it ensures that if they go through with it, their family members are covered. I think if it’s one thing we own in life it’s our lives. If someone wants to take it, that’s not for me to intervene.

        As far it being compared to euthanasia, I can see how that might hurt the euthanasia argument. But I guess what I’m saying is that we should never have been debating about either of them in the first place (not you and me, but the legal folks).

        Suicide is one of the top killers in America. The same is true in many other first world countries. The middle class and up are also more likely to kill themselves in America than the poor. Compare that to Haiti where even during slavery days, suicide was almost unheard of.

        Third world people are naturally more resilient. We know what real struggle is. 😂 First worlders tend to be softer and more easily “inconvenienced”. The mask situation is a perfect example of that in America.

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      4. I personally struggle with the idea of legally allowing people to kill themselves, because I would rather nobody did such a thing (not referring to euthanasia just to be clear). On the one hand, yeah it’s their own life and body, but it also affects everyone around them if they chose to do so.

        NZ has high suicide rates also. Maybe it’s the perception people are bought up in and what they are used to. If you’re constantly facing difficulties then your reaction is to fight them instead of giving up, making you stronger over time. I also read somewhere (can’t remember where sorry), about people who live in low income countries not being less happy.

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      5. Definitely not less happy in low income countries. We learn not to base our happiness on possessions but on experiences. It’s hard to maintain that mentality while living in a consumerist country, but I’m doing my best. 😂

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