Jacinda Ardern admits to past cannabis use during N.Z. election debatePosted by On

During a debate with her rival in the New Zealand election campaign, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern admitted to smoking cannabis.

When she was pressed by the moderator of the live national election debate on Wednesday, the Labour Party leader said she had tried marijuana “a long time ago” in her youth.

Ardern had previously deferred on the topic, saying “I was once a Mormon and then I wasn’t, that’s how I’ll put that.”

Cannabis is currently illegal in New Zealand, but the country will vote on a long-awaited Cannabis Referendum next month. The country already allows the use of medical marijuana, with a doctor’s prescription.

Ardern said she will only reveal which way she votes on the cannabis referendum after the Oct. 17 election.

“I made a clear decision that I want the public of New Zealand to decide this and I want this not to be about politics,” she said during the debate.

Ardern’s opponent, Conservative party leader Judith Collins, has said…

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