New Zealand: Medicinal cannabis rules to be loosened by government

Under current law, Ministry of Health approval is required before most cannabis-based products can be prescribed.

Introducing the bill is part of Labour's 100-day plan. The Prime Minister said any vote on the bill would be as a party, not a conscience vote.

Health Minister David Clark said the legislation was as far as the government could go on medicinal cannabis and still have the numbers to get it through Parliament.

"We wanted to make sure that medicinal cannabis is more accessible to people with terminal illnesses or chronic conditions and the piece of legislation we will introduce will make progress."

But National health spokesperson Jonathan Coleman said people who wanted law reform regarding medicinal cannabis wanted access to loose-leaf cannabis, and if Labour delivered anything less than that, it would be back-tracking on its promises.

"They've talked really big on medicinal cannabis, it's one of two priorities for health...

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