The Government's proposed referendum on cannabis law reform has stirred up some concerns in Hawke's Bay. Laura Wiltshire reports.

Napier's acting mayor has bristled at the idea of the city becoming a cannabis tourism magnet if a reform on drug laws passes.

Justice Minister Andrew Little released information on Tuesday saying the referendum question will be a simple yes/no question on whether to legalise cannabis, with legislation being drafted before the vote.

The referendum will be held with the general election next year.

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Hawke's Bay has weighed in on the cannabis referendum due to take place in 2020. Photo / File
Hawke's Bay has weighed in on the cannabis referendum due to take place in 2020. Photo / File

Legislation will include a minimum age of purchase being 20 years old, regulations and commercial supply controls,