If the draft Cannabis Regulation and Control bill receives a yes vote, it will still have to go through parliament before it is passed into law. The proposed bill will bar people under the age of 20 from legally purchasing cannabis and will introduce harsh penalties for those who provide minors with the substance.
Despite these precautions, one of the key decisions the next government will have to make is how they approach drug education and harm prevention in schools.
Under the current school curriculum, most of students' drug education is provided through a short health focused segment in their second year of high school. However, Education experts and academic researchers are urging the government to fund a more progressive approach to harm prevention and education around the realities of drugs and alcohol.