"Support for the personal use cannabis referendum has plummeted"
nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objec

Really? The results show a fairly even split between "Yes" and "No" supporters, with at least a year to go until polling day. That's quite encouraging, considering that allowing a commercial market was always going to be a harder argument to win than just decriminalizing recreational use.
I'm confident that as we get the evidence before the public, a lot of "undecided" and "No" votes will turn to "Yes".

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Why vote for legal regulation of cannabis:
* jobs: thousands of illicit growing and retail jobs in the black market can be transformed into legitimate jobs, allowing kiwis doing those jobs to declare fulltime earnings.

Why vote for legal regulation of cannabis:

* tax: millions of dollars in taxes could be taken in just by having cannabis workers and businesses pay income tax and GST. Even more if there are luxury taxes like those on alcohol and tobacco.

Why vote for legal regulation of cannabis:

* reduced violence: cannabis businesses who can appeal to the Police and the courts when deals go bad have no reason to fall back on outlaw violence to protect their business interests from their competitors.

Why vote for legal regulation of cannabis:

* age restrictions: cannabis retailers who risk losing their license if they sell to teenagers have a strong incentive to stick to the government mandated age limit, just like their counterparts selling alcohol and tobacco do. Nobody asks for ID at tinny houses under prohibition, so keeping cannabis illegal makes it easier for young people to access, not harder.

Why vote for legal regulation of cannabis:

* quality control: people buying from a licensed retailer can be confident that they're buying pure, unadulterated cannabis. They can find out exactly what strain it is, and how strong it is, and buy what they need to get the effect they're after, rather than just smoking whatever they can get from black market dealers.

Why vote for legal regulation of cannabis:

* no dangerous substitutions: people buying from licensed cannabis retailers won't be offered more dangerous drugs like synthetics or methamphetamine. This routinely happens when trying to buy from black market dealers when their supplies of cannabis get low.

Why vote for legal regulation of cannabis:

* reducing harm: moving the cannabis supply into a regulated, taxed market would most likely lead to a reduction in the use of more dangerous drugs like P, cocaine, and opioids, as people won't switch to these because they can't get cannabis. Also, outlaw groups could no longer use the growing and selling of cannabis on the black market to raise funds for large imports of other drugs they can't easily produce themselves so easily.

Why vote for legal regulation of cannabis:

* fair and proportionate treatment under the law:
"Aaron Carroll, a pediatrician, have helped inform this discussion by explaining the risks associated with cannabis use objectively and in context with the harms associated with alcohol and tobacco: 'Both are more dangerous than marijuana, and it’s not even close.'”
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mpp.org/issues/legalization/so

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