Labour Rangitata Candidate and List MP Jo Luxton speaks at the meet the candidates event, with New Conservative candidate Lachie Ashton looks on.
Labour List MP Jo Luxton says she will not support the cannabis referendum due to her own personal experience in a relationship with someone who abused the drug.
Speaking to about 40 people at a meet the candidates event, hosted by Grey Power at the Timaru Town and Country Club on Wednesday, Luxton, who is running for the Rangitata seat, said she would not vote in support of the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill referendum.
“My own personal experience of being with someone in a relationship who abused cannabis is my reason for not voting in favour,” Luxton said.
“I do hear the arguments about taking it out of the hands of gangs and the like, but I do think my own personal experience was pretty tough, so I do think that swayed my vote.”