On October 17, New Zealand will be asked to decide whether the recreational use of cannabis should be legal.
The proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill includes confining use to private homes and licensed premises, conditions for personal growing, a minimum purchase age of 20, requirements for public health messaging, licensing the supply chain and restricting marketing and advertising.
But transitioning from a black market to legal market won’t be easy, academics warn.
Massey University researchers Marta Rychert and Chris Wilkins say the bill’s ambition to reduce cannabis use via a commercial market will be difficult to achieve.
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