Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she voted yes to the cannabis reform because she did not want to see people in jail for its use.
Kiwis voted yes on euthanasia and no to cannabis legalisation, preliminary numbers announced yesterday revealed.
Speaking in Wellington today, Ardern said her vote was a personal vote.
“On this occasion, I wanted New Zealanders to decide.”
With an estimated 17 per cent of votes still to be counted, 65.2 per cent voted in support of the End of Life Choice Act, while 53.1 per cent voted against the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.
The results mean New Zealand will become just the seventh country in the world to legalise euthanasia.
As a result, the End of Life Choice Act will come into force on November 6, 2021 – a year after official results are announced next week.
“The country has decided to support compassion and choice,” said Act Party leader David Seymour, who sponsored the historic law change.
Seymour paid tribute to Wellington lawyer Lecretia…