Govt rules out cannabis law reform for ‘foreseeable’ future

KEY POINTS:

• The results are in: It’s YES to euthanasia, NO to legalising cannabis, preliminary numbers show.
• Preliminary results were released at 2pm today; final results are released next Friday, November 6.
• The final results will include about 480,000 special votes.
• It will be about a year before terminal patients can request assisted dying.

The Government has ruled out wider drug law reforms – including legalising or decriminalising cannabis – for the “foreseeable future” in the wake of the ‘”no” result in the cannabis referendum.

But Justice Minister Andrew Little says current drug laws will be reviewed to ensure that people whose worst offence is drug possession are “almost automatically” given a health referral rather than face prosecution.

Currently, only about 10.7 per cent of people caught by police are given a health referral, according to police data.

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