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New Zealanders to vote on legalizing cannabis and euthanasia

Prime minister supports assisted-suicide bill but silent on pot question

SYDNEY -- New Zealanders will vote on whether to legalize medically assisted suicide and recreational use of cannabis alongside Friday's general election, controversial questions that are rarely put to voters in this form.

The cannabis referendum asks whether parliament should proceed with a bill allowing consumption of cannabis for nonmedical purposes under certain conditions. New Zealand already allows medicinal use of cannabis.

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