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Cannabis poll for new NZ govt

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand could become the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalise cannabis for personal use after an unlikely alliance of populist, centrist and leftist parties put drug policy immediately on the agenda of the incoming government. Recreational marijuana use is legal in several US states and European nations including the Netherlands and Spain, but countries in the Asia-Pacific tend to have strict prohibitions. Labour’s prime minister-designate Jacinda Ardern said yesterday she agreed with a Greens proposal for a referendum to legalise use of recreational cannabis. “We agreed that what we are doing now simply isn’t working, so we have said yes to having that referendum,” Ms Ardern said.

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