65% of New Zealand Voters Want Legal Marijuana

While MP Julie Anne Genter and the Green Party of New Zealand work feverishly to pass a bill which will legalize medical marijuana, a recent poll in the Kiwi nation shows broad support for cannabis legalization.

The New Zealand Drug Foundation commissioned a survey to ask New Zealand voters for their opinion on drug reform ahead of the upcoming federal elections in September. The majority of respondents, 65 percent, supported either the decriminalization or legalization of cannabis.

Support is even higher for the medical use of cannabis, with only 17 percent of surveyed voters wanting medical marijuana to remain illegal.

Another positive aspect of the legalization survey is that support for marijuana reform is not limited to one political party or viewpoint.

The National Party is the leading political group within the country and 60 percent of their supporters want to see the legalization (22%) or decriminalization (38%) of cannabis. Voters within the New Zealand First Party support relaxed cannabis laws as well with 68 percent in favor, while 68 percent of Labour Party voters would like to see cannabis reform.

Green Party voters show the most support by far with…

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