New Zealand will hold a
referendum on legalising the recreational use of cannabis in the next
three years, its prime minister-elect has pledged.
Jacinda Ardern said she
did not personally support imprisoning people for using cannabis but
wanted to hear New Zealanders' views.
Ms Ardern received a
standing ovation at a meeting of her Labour Party.
She will head a three-way
coalition with the Greens and nationalist party New Zealand First
Ms Ardern, 37, emerged as
the surprise new leader after weeks of negotiation following
September's inconclusive election, which resulted in a hung
The incumbent National
Party won 56 seats - two more than the Labour-Green bloc - but was
unable to agree a governing coalition.
Oct 20, 2017
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