- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 11:45AM
With the cannabis referendum set to be voted on by the New Zealand public next year, it's obviously still illegal in Aotearoa.
So, with that in mind, The New Zealand Herald set out to find out whether the people running our country, the MPs, have ever used the Class C drug.
Our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave a bit of a cryptic answer, but left it up to Kiwis to make up their mind on whether she had, or hadn't
JACINDA ARDERN, PRIME MINISTER
"I've openly acknowledged in the many times that I've been questioned as a Member of Parliament , and which most Members of Parliament would be asked exactly the same thing, I was raised Mormon and then I was not Mormon. I let other people determine what that means."
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The Herald also made sure to ask other Members of Parliament to get their response too. Here's what they had to say when asked if they'd ever smoked weed before. There are some pretty crack-up answers!
WINSTON PETERS, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
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DAVID CLARK, HEALTH MINISTER
STUART NASH, POLICE MINISTER
"About twice in my life, at university."
KELVIN DAVIS, CORRECTIONS MINISTER
CHRIS HIPKINS, EDUCATION MINISTER
"Yes I have. I think I've admitted that publicly before."
SHANE JONES, NZ FIRST REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MINISTER
"The only thing I've smoked is a mullet."
TREVOR MALLARD, SPEAKER
SIMON BRIDGES, NATIONAL LEADER
"Nope. As I said today, I'm not a naughty boy."
PAULA BENNETT, NATIONAL DEPUTY LEADER
"Yes, many years ago."
NIKKI KAYE, EX-EDUCATION MINISTER
"Yes, when I was about 14."
JUDITH COLLINS, EX-POLICE MINISTER
"I was fortunate because when I was 20 I met my husband who was a serving police officer. Strangely enough we just didn't get invited to places where people did."
MICHAEL WOODHOUSE, EX-POLICE MINISTER
PAUL GOLDSMITH, LIST NATIONAL
"I tried it once 25 years ago. It didn't really do anything for me."
MATT KING, NATIONAL EX-COP
TODD MCCLAY, NATIONAL FORMER DIPLOMAT
"Yes I have."
MARK MITCHELL, NATIONAL EX-COP
"I tried it once and the fear of being caught by the police stopped me from trying it again."
MARAMA DAVIDSON, GREEN PARTY CO-LEADER
CHLOE SWARBRICK, GREEN PARTY SPOKESWOMAN ON DRUG LAW REFORM
"Yes, like most politicians. Didn't make a habit of it."
DAVID SEYMOUR, ACT LEADER
This article was originally published at nzherald.co.nz and is reproduced here with permission