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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
  • By the end of 2019 a regulatory regime around licencing, production, prescription and consumption is expected to be in place. Consultation on draft regulations closed on 7 August 2019. 
  • A statutory defence for people who are terminally ill or in palliative care is available. These people can use cannabis without fear of prosecution
  • Local strains of cannabis can be used in developing a domestic medicinal cannabis market.

Have your say on the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme 

Submission on the proposed Medicinal Cannabis Scheme closed on Wednesday 7 August 2019. 

To make it easy for patients, carers and whānau to make a submission we prepared a short guide. Please Contact us if you cannot open the PDF, we can send in other formats.

Kali Mercier, Policy & Advocacy Manager, outlines what's in the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme consultation document.

Where things stand


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