New Zealand Voters Approve Euthanasia but Reject Legal Cannabis in Referendum

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New Zealanders voted to legalize euthanasia in a binding referendum. Preliminary results released Friday showed they likely would not legalize marijuana with about eighty three percent of votes counted New Zealanders emphatically endorsed the euthanasia measure with sixty five percent voting in favor and thirty four percent voting against the no vote on marijuana was much closer with fifty three percent voting against legalizing the drug for recreational use and forty six percent voting in favour that left open a slight chance the measure could still pass once all special votes were counted next week although it would require a huge swing. And past elections, special votes which include those cast by overseas voters have tended to be more liberal than general votes giving proponents of marijuana legalization some hope the measure could still pass.

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