Calling all cannabis experts, New Zealand needs you.


The Government is looking for a cannabis expert ahead of next year’s non-binding referendum on legalising recreational use of the drug.

Justice Minister Andrew Little revealed earlier this month voters will be presented with draft legislation, which will include a minimum age of 20 to use and purchase recreational cannabis.

But the decriminalisation of the drug would be bound by strict limitations including an age limit to purchase cannabis, and limitations on home-grown cannabis and commercial sales.

All of the rules will be incorporated on a draft piece of legislation, which means the government are now in need of a Cannabis Referendum Policy Manager, who will be paid up to $194,088.

According to the job description the position would be based in Wellington and the successful candidate will help prepare the draft legislation which ‘will form the basis of the referendum questions’ in the 2020 General Election.

The chosen candidate will report into the General Manager of Criminal Justice and can expect a one-year fixed-term contract.

The primary focus of the role is people management, as well as managing relationships with key stakeholders.

‘The Manager, Policy maintains an oversight across current policy issues and work in order to ensure quality assurance of Policy Group outputs, and to enable flexible working across Policy teams,’ the job description stated.

There are a number of attributes prospective candidates are expected to have in order to apply for the position.

If you have proven yourself as a thoughtful manager, people-leader and coach then we want to hear from you,” the job description says.

“You will have proven experience at coaching and developing teams and supporting individuals to grow and thrive.”

It states the chosen application will have the opportunity to lead on a high profile and high priority piece of work.

They will also be part of a Policy team which is ranked as one of the highest in the sector for quality policy advice.


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