5 Facts You Need To Know About Medicinal Cannabis In New Zealand
1. Medicinal cannabis is now legal in New Zealand
In September 2023 the government changed the regulations around prescribing medicinal cannabis. They also increased the plant varieties that could be grown and exported which will ultimately make prescriptions cheaper for consumers. Currently, medicinal cannabis prescriptions are still quite expensive (as they are not Pharmac funded), which makes it hard for some people to obtain them.
The current legislation allows GPs to prescribe medicinal cannabis in a variety of ways; an oral liquid, sublingual drops, dried plant for vaporisers or teas or as a spray. All of the current products that can be legally prescribed (found here) are listed on the Ministry of Health website, they have been tested and found to meet the medicinal cannabis minimum quality standards and are only allowed to be prescribed for no more than a three-month supply.
2. Cannabis helps with chronic conditions
Legal use of cannabis in NZ allows people to obtain safe and tested cannabis products