Wanted: Cannabis referendum campaigner for NZ Drug Foundation

The New Zealand Drug Foundation wants to pay someone to convince Kiwis to vote 'YES' in the upcoming cannabis referendum. 

The charity is recruiting for a cannabis referendum campaign organiser to join their team and "ensure we win this important vote".

The Trade Me advert says the main focus of the role is to get people to vote in favour of legalisation. 

"The countdown is on. Join us in a wild ride over the next 30 weeks as we urge New Zealand to vote "YES!" in the cannabis referendum," the ad begins. 

"We are growing our campaign team to ensure we win this important vote. This role will be focused on firing up our base and running our ground game." 

"We have a solid support base who we need to activate: to enrol, to get out and have courageous conversations with friends, whanau and their communities about why we need to win the cannabis referendum. Crucially, we need them to vote Yes."

The position also involves coordinating cannabis roadshows, helping organise stalls at festivals and supporting fundraising efforts. 

The ideal applicant will be an experienced and innovative community organiser who is committed to "doing something special" by legalising cannabis by popular vote.  

Weekend work and occasional travel are also required. 

The salary is $72,000 pro-rata and the job finishes after the election. 

In 2019 the Government released a draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. 

The Bill includes:

  • a minimum purchase age of 20
  • a ban on marketing and advertising cannabis products
  • a requirement to include harm minimisation messaging on cannabis products
  • not allowing recreational cannabis to be consumed in public and only in licenced places
  • limiting the sale of recreational cannabis to physical stores
  • controls on the potency of recreational cannabis being sold
  • a state licencing regime for recreational cannabis controlled by the Government

Kiwis will be voting with a simple yes or no question: "Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?"

A second draft is expected to be released before the referendum in September.