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Labour plays down cannabis comments

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/08/2016

A person rolling a joint of cannabis. © PA Image A person rolling a joint of cannabis. Labour is playing down party leader Andrew Little's comments about holding a referendum on decriminalising cannabis.

"It's just a storm in a teacup," deputy leader Annette King told Newshub's Paul Henry show on Friday.

Mr Little was earlier this week interviewed on student radio station Salient FM, and he was asked whether Labour would decriminalise cannabis if it won the next election.

"We will look at holding a referendum about it... we want to make sure there is a good information campaign about it and have a referendum about it and let people decide," he's reported to have said.

Since those comments reached mainstream media, Mr Little has been saying a referendum is "just a possibility" and "simply not a priority".

Labour is, however, committed to making access to medicinal cannabis easier if it leads the next government.

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