In the run-up to the October parliamentary elections, New Zealand also held a referendum on legalizing euthanasia and cannabis.
The New Zealand Parliament passed a law on euthanasia, known as The End of Life Choice Act, after years of heated debate back in 2019.
The bill was approved by a majority in Parliament on the condition that a referendum be held on the matter.
According to preliminary results, 65.2% voted in favor of legalizing euthanasia in a referendum on 17 October. 33.8 percent of voters opposed the issue.
The initiative was shared by both Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who won a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections, and the leader of the opposition. Judith Collinsin support.
The result of the vote is binding, ie the law enters into force no later than 12 months after the final result of the vote is confirmed on 6 November.
Under the Euthanasia Act, terminally ill patients with a life expectancy of less than half a year are entitled to a death grant if they suffer and their physical capacity has decreased significantly. The law also defines other criteria for death assistance.
Death aid must also be approved by two doctors.
New Zealand becomes the seventh state to accept euthanasia.
Cannabis bait crashed
With regard to the legalization of cannabis, New Zealanders were more evenly distributed.
The majority voted against legalizing cannabis. 53.1 per cent of voters opposed the initiative and 46.1 per cent would have approved it.
The bill would have legalized cannabis and made provisions for its use and sale. Among other things, the law would have set the age limit for cannabis products at 20 years.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has refused to state her position on legalizing cannabis. He says he will announce his voting decision once the results are confirmed.