New Zealanders have voted not to legalise cannabis in a referendum that painted a portrait of a country starkly divided over drug policy. Al Jazeera reports that in the non-binding referendum, voters were asked to decide whether they wanted to pass a bill that would legalise cannabis and regulate how it is used and sold, including producing and selling fresh and dried cannabis, plants, and seeds for people over 20 years old. The change would also have imposed more stringent restrictions than the rules around sales of alcohol and tobacco but ended with 48.4% of the vote, trailing the no vote on 50.7% – or just 67,662 votes out of 2.9m.