Have Your Say: Should Jacinda Ardern reveal how she's voting in the cannabis referendum?

  • 02/10/2020

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has yet to reveal how she will vote in the upcoming cannabis referendum, instead promising to keep her choice private until after the election.

On October 17, alongside voting for political parties, Kiwis will choose whether they support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.

National's Judith Collins is opposed, but Ardern isn't giving away how she will vote. 

"I made a clear decision that I want the public of New Zealand to decide this and I want this not to be about politics," Ardern said on Wednesday.

"I will be giving my answer after the election after New Zealand has decided."

"I want the public to decide and I want them to have faith that whatever they decide, I'll implement. I am not clear if that will be the case under Judith Collins," the Labour leader said.

She's been called on by the likes of Collins and Greens MP Chlöe Swarbrick to reveal her position.

"I remember during the 2017 leader's debate that Jacinda Ardern, as leader of the Labour Party, said she was in favour of cannabis decriminalisation," Swarbrick told Newshub.

"If we are to meaningfully grapple with what is currently a system that's not working, I do believe our Prime Minister - despite not having to campaign on the issue - should express where she sits on it."

But others like political commentator Grant Duncan say she should be left alone to make her decision. 

"When she's in that ballot box casting her vote, she's a private citizen."

A recent Newshub-Reid Research poll found 50.5 percent of participants don't support the Bill, while 37.9 percent said they do, 10.9 percent said they didn't know and 0.8 percent wouldn't vote.

Should Jacinda Ardern reveal how she's voting in the cannabis referendum? 

Disclaimer: This straw poll is not scientific and closes after 24 hours.