My Member’s Bill to implement a comprehensive medicinal cannabis regime that would widen access to medicinal cannabis
and license high quality domestic production, has been drawn in Parliament, MP for Whangarei Shane Reti says.
“New Zealanders deserve greater access to high quality medicinal cannabis products to ease their suffering, but we must
have the right regulatory and legislative controls in place.
“My bill is a more comprehensive alternative to the Government’s cannabis bill. The Government has said it will increase
access now and leave it to officials to think through the controls and the consequences later. That’s typical of this
Government but it’s not acceptable.
“The Government declined the bill 18 months ago, if they hadn’t New Zealanders would have access to affordable medicinal
cannabis right now.
The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill (No 2) will achieve the following:Medicinal cannabis products will be approved in the same way a medicine is approved by Medsafe. No loose leaf cannabis
products will be approved.Medical practitioners will decide who should have access to a Medicinal Cannabis Card, which will certify them to buy
medicinal cannabis products.Medicinal cannabis products will be pharmacist-only medicine.Cultivators and manufacturers must be licenced for commercial production. Licence holders and staff will be vetted to
ensure they are fit and proper persons.A licensing regime that will create a safe market for medicinal cannabis products. Cultivators and manufacturers will
not be able to be located within 5km of residential land, or 1km of sensitive sites such as schools and wahi tapu.No advertising of medicinal cannabis products to the public will be permitted.The Ministry of Health will review the legislation in five years.
“National is determined to be a constructive opposition working on new ideas and new policies. This bill is the result
of significant work, including a study I conducted overseas and reflects a blend of international best practice,
tailored to New Zealand.
“I recognise there is a delayed medicinal cannabis process underway by the Government, but I encourage them to pick up
the enormous amount of work done by National in Opposition and implement our comprehensive reforms to ensure this is
done once and done right. So that New Zealanders in need can access high quality medicinal cannabis products to ease