A referendum is the right thing to do where hugely significant change is contemplated. Changing the legal status of cannabis from being strictly prohibited to being legal for recreational use in some circumstances is the magnitude of change that justifies going to the people for a mandate.

The referendum on legalising and controlling cannabis use the Government is now preparing for next year's General Election is about having voters, not politicians, make the call.

Whatever your take on the issue, I see it as my duty as Minister of Justice, and therefore minister responsible for the conduct of referendums,