Māori views on cannabis reform

On the 3rd of March TV3's The Hui released a poll which showed 75% of Māori are likely to vote in favour of legalisation for personal use at the 2020 referendum.

The survey also showed that the majority of all Māori age groups under 75 years would vote in favour, and 78% of respondents said they thought Parliament should pass a bill before the binding referendum, so voters know what they’re voting for.

This sends a clear message to the Government that they need to draft a bill with a clear regulatory model before the referendum, and that the model should be developed alongside Māori communities.

NZ Drug Foundation Chair Tuari Potiki, and board member Khylee Quince, appeared on the show alongside forensic psychiatrist Dr Hinemoa Elder and social justice campaigner Dr Hirini Kaa to discuss cannabis reform from a kaupapa Māori perspective. 

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