I hear that more USA states are polling above 50% & that they intend to run ‘reeferenda’ to ask their people if they support cannabis law reform. Also in Canada, Australia & several EU/’western’ countries this is occurring.. BUT here in Aotearoa/NZ :
1) we don’t have states that can vote independently for law reform. Govt. is central in the capital city, Wellington.
2) several recent polls have shown that over 55% support recreational, (adults only R18) personal use & over 80% support medicinal use.. this is just being ignored by the current Govt. !
3) the only referendum currently being discussed is about whether the PMs legacy, show be a change of flag (hardly a real important priority, to many kiwis)
4) in order to initiate any NZ referendum (citizen organised) there needs to be a petition with at least 10% of the voting population’s signatures. These are ‘NON-BINDING’ which means even after all the effort needed to organise them, the Govt. can just ignore the outcome. (as they have done previously with other issues) saying it is ‘not on their agenda’
To my mind, this is effectively overlooking the principles at the heart of democracy ! Surely IF over 50% of the population vote to support an issue, the Govt. of the day, should be required to take action to implement.. else it looks increasingly like a dictatorship OR a business, only looking after the financial/other interests of its ‘stake/share-holders’ or supporters ?