On December 11, 2018, New Zealand passed its medical cannabis bill, making medical cannabis treatment more widely available to patients. The country previously had highly restrictive medical cannabis laws.
Health Minister David Clark stated “People nearing the end of their lives should not have to worry about being arrested or imprisoned for trying to manage their pain.” He continued, “This is compassionate and caring legislation that will make a real difference to people. They can use illicit cannabis without fear of prosecution.”
Patients who wish to use medicinal cannabis have a year until the new regulations, licensing rules, and quality standards are established and effective. Until then, the law will give patients statutory legal defense if they are facing prosecution for a cannabis charge.
The new law will also provide a way for New Zealand companies to manufacture medicinal cannabis products for both the local and international market.
In August 2018, New Zealand issued its first medical cannabis cultivation license to Hikurangi Cannabis, who achieved this with the assistance of our founder, Sara Gullickson, and Dispensary Permits’ expertise.
New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has also previously announced that New Zealand will hold a public referendum prior to or during the 2020 election regarding the legalization of recreational cannabis.
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