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.