Referendum date announced – enrol now

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that the general election will be on 19 September 2020. That means New Zealanders will have a chance to make history, and replace cannabis prohibition with a legal, regulated model.  

Health Not Handcuffs is calling on supporters to commit to voting in the referendum. And to encouraging friends, whānau, neighbours, work colleagues, your hairdresser and anyone you come across to vote.

Here's the important dates to put in your calendar:

  • 2 September 2020: Overseas voting starts
  • 7 September 2020: Advance voting starts
  • 19 September 2020: Election / Reeferendum day (Last day to cast your vote)
  • 2 October 2020: Preliminary Reeferendum results
  • 9 October 2020: Final Reeferendum results

It is easy to enrol to vote.

  1. Are you enrolled? Not sure, check online. Am I enrolled?
  2. If you're not enrolled, you can enroll here
  3. Rock up on the day and cast your vote How to vote

The Government will release the final bill that you will be voting on in March 2020, which will be followed by an education campaign explaining what's in the bill. Until then you can see what the Draft bill includes here.

With 33 weeks to go, now is the time to get activated and work towards treating drug reform as a public health issue instead of a law enforcement issue.

You can play an important part by volunteering, making a much needed donation, and/or telling us your story about why this issue is so important to you.

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