That is what New Zealand voters prefer:
Voters in New Zealand have overwhelmingly opted to legalise euthanasia but have rejected the decriminalisation of marijuana.
Of the 2,415,547 people who cast ballots, 65.2 per cent voted to support the End of Life Choice Act, which will come into effect on November 6 next year.
However, the move to legalise recreational cannabis and allow it to be grown and sold under controlled circumstances was defeated. The “yes” vote had 46.1 per cent support while 53.1 per cent of people voted “no”.
The proposed laws would have allowed anyone over the age of 20 to buy up to 14g of cannabis per day at a price of NZ$20 (£10.24) per gram.
Opinion polls had predicted that New Zealanders would vote in favour of the new euthanasia laws and that they would not support the decriminalisation of marijuana use.
That is an interesting result. I would expect a lot of people to support euthanasia laws and decriminalisation of marijuana. Perhaps not the same people but a winning coalition for both should be attainable.
Marijuana is already legal for medicinal purposes in New Zealand, a protection that remains unchanged.
Aaron Ironside, the spokesman for the victorious “Say Nope to Dope” campaign, said that New Zealanders had voted no because the country already had a relatively high level of marijuana usage and people were “reluctant to do anything to increase that”.
“Younger voters were more concerned about being able to use cannabis in peace. But older voters, even those who had tried it, realised and knew about the damage that it can cause so they swung towards no,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald.
Explained in those terms this does look like an intergenerational dispute.