New Zealand votes to legalise euthanasia but against legalising cannabis in referendum

Results of the euthanasia vote are binding and must be enacted by the new Labour government by October 2021

New Zealanders have voted to legalise euthanasia for those with a terminal illness, in a landslide victory for campaigners who say anyone suffering extreme pain should be given a choice over how and when to bring their life to a close.

The decision on whether to legalise euthanasia appeared as a referendum question on the 17 October general election ballot paper, alongside a second referendum question on whether to legalise cannabis – which did not succeed.

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