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Date published: 08th February 2018 | Type: News

The way New Zealand regulates access to medicinal cannabis is going to change. Parliament has just debated two medicinal cannabis Bills, though only one survived its first reading.

Many people were disappointed and frustrated last week, when the Government voted against the Bill put forward by Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick, which would have allowed people to grow their own. We will be writing a strong submission on the proposed Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill, and if you want to see compassionate access to medicinal cannabis then you should do the same. See below for information about workshops on how to make an effective submission.

Watch our Policy Manager Kali Mercier explain what’s lacking in the proposed bill, and how it could be improved. We're encouraging people to tell MPs what they think, see our submission guide.

We will be holding some workshops in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch over the next few weeks to discuss the Bill and guide people on how to make an effective submission. Register now

Times and dates are as follows:

  • Christchurch: Tuesday 27th February, 10:00am -1:30pm
  • Wellington: Thursday 1st March, 10:00am-1:30pm
  • West Auckland: Wednesday 14th March 1:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Central Auckland: Thursday 15th March 10:00am -1.30pm
  • Online Q&A Session: Monday 12th March 12:00pm-1:00pm

Submissions close on 21 March, so time is short. See our medicinal cannabis information page and submission guide

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