The Cannabis Party is entering the race for the Mt Albert by-election after radio personality Abe Gray threw his hat in the ring.
Gray is a well known radio DJ with a weekly slot on Radio Hauraki's popular breakfast show, hosted by Matt Heath and Jeremy Wells.
Gray is leading the charge for a binding referendum on cannabis laws in New Zealand, which was vocally promoted by the late Helen Kelly.
He worked closely with Helen Kelly to draft the specific legislation required to create the binding referendum, prior to her death. However, no MPs in Parliament have adopted the legislation.
Gray questions whether the Greens and Labour are serious about cannabis law reform, given they turned their back on Helen Kelly's referendum legislation.
"A binding referendum on the questions of medical and recreational cannabis is my top priority," he said.
"It should be the democratic right of all New Zealanders to have their say on this important issue."
Gray promised to submit Helen Kelly's referendum legislation to the private member's ballot on day-one if he is elected to Parliament.
The Mt Albert By-election, which was caused by the resignation of David Shearer, will be held on February 25th.