I'm 80 years old. I've never touched cannabis. And I've changed my mind on legalisationPosted by On

In 1967 New Zealanders voted on pub closing times. Photo / The Spinoff

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In 1967 I changed my mind on another referendum, about six o’clock closing, writes Roderick Aldridge.

I am an 80-year-old Pākehā male who has never smoked or used cannabis in my life. And I will be voting to legalise cannabis in the coming referendum.

This might seem absurd. My instinctive reaction, I expect like most people’s, is against anything that will increase the use of cannabis and the harm it causes. But then when I researched and thought about it, I completely changed my mind.

This is not the first time I have changed my mind like this. Back in 1967 there was a referendum on whether to end the six o’clock closing of pubs. At the time I was a teetotaller (I basically still am) and against anything that increased drinking alcohol and the harm it caused.

But I could see that the attempt to control drinking to before 6pm was backfiring – it had led to the infamous…

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