Some of New Zealand’s most experienced public health experts have thrown their support behind legalising marijuana, a week out from the country’s general election. The Guardian reports that in an editorial in the New Zealand Medical Journal, specialists from the fields of addiction treatment, public health, health promotion and epidemiology have urged New Zealanders to tick yes in the referendum, calling it a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to legalise cannabis, and promote health equality. The latest New Zealand Health Survey found that 15%, or 590,000 New Zealand adults used cannabis in the past 12 months with Māori, accounting for 16% of New Zealand’s population, shown to be disproportionately affected by New Zealand’s drug laws, facing three times as many arrests and prosecutions for possession of cannabis than non-Māori.