If New Zealand does legalize marijuana, it will be only the third country in the world after Uruguay and Canada to do so. Nine states in the US and the District of Columbia also allow recreational marijuana use, and the drug has been decriminalized in many parts of Europe.
Marijuana legalization may only be the first of several referendums which New Zealanders vote on in 2020: the government is still considering whether to hold votes on legalizing euthanasia and making changes to electoral laws, according to Radio NZ.
Supporters of changing the marijuana law will hope for a more positive result than the country’s last major referendum. In 2016, New Zealanders rejected changing the country’s flag after a year-long campaign which cost upwards of $17 million.