Over 60 per cent of the voters said “yes” to the cannabis referendum during the 2022 general election on August 1.
were asked to vote on a referendum asking “Should we review our cannabis laws
to allow for research and medicinal use?”
final results released Thursday morning revealed 62 per cent voted “yes”, 35
per cent voted “no” and the remaining 3 per cent were “informal”.
the country’s present law – in particular sections 6 and 7 of the Narcotics and
Misuse of Drugs Act 2004 – dealing in controlled drugs is a criminal offence.
Cannabis is classified as a controlled drug.
June, a statement from the Office of the Prime Minster said the question to
voters “is deliberately broad”, adding they hope the referendum would allow
room for wider debate on medicinal cannabis.
referendum is non-binding but it does allow the government an opportunity to
gauge the public opinion on whether the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes
is acceptable to the public,” said the statement.
In lead up to the election, Cook Islands News polled 120 people in Rarotonga and the Pa Enua about several election issues. One of the questions asked: Do you support the use of medicinal cannabis? Of those polled, 49.2 per cent said “yes”, 37.5 per cent said “no”, and the rest were unsure.