Step forward for medicinal cannabis

By December 20, 2017 Recent News

NewsTalk ZB 20 December 2017
A step forward for medicinal cannabis today.

The Government is to reveal the contents of the Bill it’s tabling at Parliament this afternoon, which is expected to include provisions to allow some terminally ill patients to legally use it.

Health Minister David Clark said they have the support of the coalition – New Zealand First and the Greens – on this.

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

The bill is not expected to go as far as a Member’s Bill on the matter that’s already in front of the House, and would allow people with terminal illness to grow their own cannabis plants.

Chloe Swarbrick said she’s looking forward to seeing progression and debating hers as well.

“There are two different bills. I think the Government bill sets the minimum standards, and my one goes a little bit further.”

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