The NZHIA encourages you to make a submission on the Misuse of Drugs Act (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill.
For further information on how to make a submission and what to include please visit our websiteNZHIA.com
This is a very important issue to many industry participants and we encourage you to make sure your voice is heard on this topic.
When making a submission it is important to stress that the Medicines Bill should not impact on the Industrial Hemp Regulations 2006.
It should be noted, that if you have some personal experiences of the efficacy of Medicinal Cannabis as a patient, carer, family member, physician. It would be useful for the Select Committee to hear, as they may not know much about the range of patients it helps, how it benefits them and how it is currently used, in an illegal unregulated environment.
We all need to encourage other people/organisations (patients, carers and medical professionals) to make a submission and make their comments and recommendations count.
The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill being introduced today will:
• Introduce a medicinal cannabis scheme to enable access to quality products
• Introduce a statutory defence for terminally ill people to possess and use illicit cannabis
• Remove cannabidiol from the schedule of controlled drugs
“In time, this legislation will result in a greater supply of quality medicinal cannabis, including products made here in New Zealand.
“However, there will be people who can’t wait. So as an interim measure the legislation will create a legal defence for possession and use of illicit cannabis for people who are expected by their doctors to be in their last year of life. This does not make it legal for the terminally ill to use cannabis, but it means that they will not be criminalised for doing so.
“New Zealanders are a compassionate people. Medicinal cannabis products can help ease suffering and we should make it easier for people to get them.”