New Zealand votes for legalising euthanasia but not marijuana

In a binding referendum, the New Zealanders voted to legalise euthanasia. However, they rejected a measure to legalise marijuana in preliminary findings. New Zealanders strongly supported the measure of euthanasia with approximately 83% votes cast and 34% voted against, with a 65% vote in favour.


The drug vote was even closer: 53% voted not to legalise marijuana and 46% voted for it. This left a little chance that the initiative would still be implemented when all the special votes were counted next week.
Special votes cast in recent elections, including by voters from abroad, were more liberal than general votes and gave marijuana supporters hope that the measure could still be implemented.

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