WELLINGTON, Oct 1 — New Zealand’s ruling party leader Jacinda Ardern said she tried cannabis “a long time ago” when asked during a heated live debate yesterday ahead of the October 17 general election.
Ardern, 40, is widely seen winning a second term in office on the back of her success in containing Covid-19 but her rival, conservative National Party leader Judith Collins, has been clawing back support.
New Zealanders are also voting on two other issues — on legalising recreational cannabis and euthanasia — topics that have split opinions in the country.
In the second election debate yesterday, when asked by the moderator if she has ever used cannabis, Ardern said: “Yes I did, a long time ago.”
But she said she will only reveal which way she voted on the cannabis referendum…