The interim results are out and it looks like the reeferendum has failed. At this stage 47% have voted in favour and 53% against.
It is hard to understand why. Criminalisation of those who toke is a very silly idea. All it does is criminalise lots of poor people and make gangs wealthy.
Cannabis is pretty prevalent. Any baby boomer who has not tried it should be regarded with suspicion and/or never had a social life. And it is way preferable to its synthetic variants.
The left did not fall behind the campaign. We had our eyes on the big prize, humiliating the right in the election itself.
National decided to whip all of its MPs to get them to vote no. This was frankly really weird for a party that talks about personal freedom to do. But understandable when you think about its innate conservativism.
And it is strange that people can now seek medical assistance to die but a quite toke to address pain is still verbotten.
Parliament should still look at the issue.