Welcome to referendum.govt.nz
The intention of this website is to provide the New Zealand public with factual and impartial information about the referendums and ensure voters have the opportunity to make informed decisions about how they will vote.
The material on this website aims to inform voters about the proposed legislation, not influence their decisions.
The language and terminology used is based as closely as possible on that used in the End of Life Choice Act and proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.
Giving feedback on the End of Life Choice Act 2019
Public submissions to give feedback on the proposed End of Life Choice Bill were received between 15 February 2018 and 6 March 2018. About 37,200 unique written submissions were made by organisations and individuals. The final version of the End of Life Choice Act 2019 was published on 16 November 2019.
Giving feedback on the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill
The proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill is not yet at the stage where it is open for formal submissions. In the case of a majority ‘Yes’ vote at the referendum, the incoming Government can introduce a Bill to Parliament that would make recreational use of cannabis legal. Parliament’s process would involve a submission process, providing the opportunity for the public to share their thoughts and ideas on how the law might work.
Ahead of the referendum, the public can provide comments or feedback on the proposed Bill to email@example.com and these would be considered as part of any future policy development work.
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