Cannabis referendum: Election debate sees leaders, minister confess to smoking weedPosted by On

The practice may not be legal, but that hasn’t stopped seven Wellington electoral candidates, including a minister, a deputy and a co-leader, admitting to smoking weed – just a month out from the nationwide cannabis ‘reeferendum’.

As part of a Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association Wellington Central candidate debate on Tuesday afternoon, seven standing candidates participated in a game of ‘Never Have I Ever’.

Justice and Courts Minister Andrew Little – standing in for incumbent Labour’s Grant Robertson – Green Party co-leader James Shaw, National MP Nicola Willis, Act deputy leader Brooke van Velden, independent candidate Jesse Richardson, TOP’s Abe Gray and Māori Party candidate for Te Tai Tonga Tākuta Ferris were asked whether they had smoked cannabis.


In October, New Zealanders will vote in the cannabis legalisation and control referendum.

All responded by raising a ‘yes’ card.

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