Māori candidates make case for legalisation
Three prominent Māori MPs and candidates have come out in favour of voting 'yes' in the cannabis referendum, each with their own reasons.
Labour's Peeni Henare, Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson and Māori Party co-leader John Tamihere, all running for the seat of Tāmaki Makaurau, gave their views in an election debate hosted by The Hui on Tuesday night.
A question on whether recreational cannabis should be legal will be asked as part of this year's general election. Legislation on how a legal market would work has been drafted, but unlike the euthanasia referendum will not automatically become law if the 'yes' vote wins.
Henare was to the point, saying he'll be voting in favour as it's a "health concern".
Davidson said "as well as health, it's also ending the racism in the law that is applied".