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Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill


This Bill amends the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. The Bill will introduce an exception and a statutory defence for terminally ill people to possess and use illicit cannabis and to possess a cannabis utensil; provide a regulation-making power to enable the setting of standards that products manufactured, imported, and supplied under licence must meet; and amend Schedule 2 of the Act so that cannabidiol (CBD) and CBD products are no longer classed as controlled drugs.


Medicinal Cannabis Reform Workshops: Have Your Say

Tuesday, 27 February, 2018 - Thursday, 15 March, 2018

Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Online

Organiser: NZ Drug Foundation

Come to a workshop about making a submission on proposed changes to medicinal cannabis law in New Zealand. Workshops are being run in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, plus we’ll run an online session. Register now

Making a submission on proposed changes to laws governing access to medicinal cannabis will help MPs come up with a better law. It will make a big difference when patients, carers, whanau, health professionals and advocates have a say.

The workshops are being run by the Drug Foundation to make sure as many people as possible feel confident and well-informed enough to make a submission. Patient voices need to be heard loud and clear.

The half-day workshops will cover:

A summary of what the Bill says and what the government wants to see happen, and our view of potential issues with proposed changes

Overseas medicinal cannabis working models, including what is working and pitfalls

How to make a submission, including presenting to the select committee and issues around this, e.g. privacy issues, dealing with the media

If you can't make one of these sessions - don't worry! We will upload resources to our website showing how to make a submission, along with recommendations for changes, and we are planning a webinar. You can also contact us at any time for advice. Contact us

Find out more about the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill (submissions due Wednesday 21 March 2018).


West Auckland - Wednesday 14th March, 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Whanau Centre Te Whanau o Waipareira, Level 2, 6-8 Pioneer Street. In collaboration with MCANZ and Hapai Te Hauora Maori Public Health

Central Auckland - Thursday 15th March, 10:00am - 1:30pm

Studio One Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Road. In collaboration with MCANZ and Auckland CAYAD.

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