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Better patient access to medicinal cannabis is coming. The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Act passed in December 2018, and the government promises regulations very soon.

Recent changes include:

  • The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Act received Royal Assent 18 December 2018, which means it is now law
  • A guarantee that by the end of 2019 a regulatory regime around licencing, production, prescription and consumption will be established
  • An extension of the statutory defence for people who are terminally ill or in palliative care. These people can use cannabis without fear of prosecution
  • Local strains of cannabis can be used in developing a domestic medicinal cannabis market.

Read the legislation here: Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Act

The Act doesn’t go far enough

Regulations should fix the issues with the new law

We need evidence-based regulations

Download a copy of our submission on the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill. 

Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand has published a 'Medicinal Cannabis Around the World' for rolling out medicinal cannabis regulations which might be of interest.

Watch our Policy Manager Kali Mercier explain what’s lacking in the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill, and how it could be improved.

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