National cannabis bill would not allow any smoking

By July 25, 2018 Recent News

Stuff 25 July 2018
Family First Comment: They’ve obviously been reading our submission. This is exactly what we were promoting 👍🎉

National’s medicinal cannabis bill would allow doctors to prescribe anyone medicinal cannabis – but not to smoke.

It goes further than the Government bill in setting up a regulatory regime but is more harsh on the method of consumption that most people envision – smoking.

It would make medicinal cannabis products a pharmacist-only medicine which could be prescribed by doctors, who would authorise a photo ID medicinal cannabis card.

This would contrast with the Government bill, which provides a legal defence for cannabis possession and consumption for those with terminal conditions, but does not provide a legal path to selling or obtaining it.

Some medicinal cannabis products are already available but are prohibitively expensive. National’s bill, in the name of MP Shane Reti, would allow for “fast track” MedSafe consenting of new cannabis products and domestic production to attempt to offset this.

All loose-leaf and edible cannabis products would remain illegal but pills and liquids would be allowed.