“It will have an impact here [if the yes vote succeeds] because of the close ties between the two countries. If they move down a pathway that we think is fairly sensible, it will raise the need to review what we are doing here,” he said.
“At the very least we hope it sparks some discussion about what we are actually doing with our drug laws. New Zealand may also end up attracting more Australian tourists too.”
Under the proposed legislation, which would be brought to Parliament if the ‘yes’ vote succeeds, it would become legal to grow your own cannabis or to buy up to 14 grams of dried cannabis per day from a licensed dealer.
Consumption would have to take place in the home or at licensed premises – which would also be licensed to sell food.
The legal age for purchase and consumption would be 20, and users could share cannabis with friends but would not be allowed to send it by…