WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealanders voted to legalize euthanasia in a binding referendum, but preliminary results released on Friday suggest they probably won’t legalize their use. use marijuana for entertainment.
With about 83 percent of the votes counted, New Zealanders firmly approved of the welfare measure with 65 percent voting in favor and 34 percent against.
The “No” vote on cannabis was much closer, with 53% voting against legalizing drugs for recreational use and 46% voting in favor. That leaves a small chance that the measure could still be passed as all special votes count next week, although it will require a major change.
The two referendums represent potentially significant changes to New Zealand̵7;s social structure, although campaigns for each campaign are ultimately overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic and one. Parallel political race, in which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her Free Labor Party won a second term in a landslide war.
In past elections, special ballots – including those of external voters – tended to have a more liberal watch than general elections, leaving supporters in line. Marijuana legalization hopes this measure can still be passed.
Proponents of legalization of the drug have been disappointed that Ardern will not reveal how she intends to vote ahead of the October 17th vote. advocates for this measure, but she says she wants to leave the decision behind for the people of New Zealand.
Ardern said Friday, after the results were announced, that she voted in favor of both referendums.
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Conservative lawmaker Nick Smith, from the opposition National Party, welcomed preliminary results on cannabis.
“This is a win for reason,” he said. Research shows that marijuana causes mental health problems, decreased motivation and academic performance, and increased deaths on the road and at work. job”.
But liberal lawmaker Chlöe Swarbrick, from the Green Party, said they had long thought the vote would end and that they needed to wait until special votes were counted.
“We said at the outset that this will always happen with voters. We have a record special number of votes, so I’m still optimistic,” she said. “New Zealand has had a really mature and ever-evolving conversation about drug law in this country and we’ve come a long way over the past three years.”
Proponents argue that this measure will reduce profits for gangs and improve social outcomes for native Maori.
The cannabis remedy will allow people to buy up to 14 grams (0.5 ounces) per day and plant two plants.
Other countries that have legalized or disabled recreational marijuana include Canada, South Africa, Uruguay, Georgia plus several states in the United States.
The euthanasia measure, which will also allow suicide assistance and come into effect in November 2021, will apply to adults with terminal illness, likely to die within six months and are suffering. “unbearable” suffering.
Other countries that allow certain forms of cadaver include the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Canada, Belgium and Colombia.