Legal bid underway to dismiss cannabis referendum result

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission.

A legal bid is under way to get the results of the cannabis referendum thrown out.

A group of more than 350 people is asking the High Court to void the vote on the Cannabis and Control Bill, claiming poor and inaccurate information generated confusion among voters.

It also claims the Electoral Commission reinforced that misinformation.

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The bill that would have legalised cannabis was narrowly defeated, with 50.7 percent of voters voting against it, and 48.4 percent for it.

Drug Reform advocate Blair Anderson is one of the people taking the case. He told Checkpoint New Zealanders heard far too much from the “no” vote during the campaign and said there was a failure to correct misinformation.

“We saw ads in the mainstream newspapers of things like dopey dairies, which people will remember had cannabis leaves all over it, with kids on skateboards in front of it.

A group is asking the High Court to void the vote on the Cannabis bill claiming poor and inaccurate information generated confusion among voters.

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A group is asking the High Court to void the vote on the Cannabis bill claiming poor and inaccurate information generated confusion among voters.

“There was no such provision within the actual legalisation and control…

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