By EMILY LEDGER
Patients could face fewer barriers to access medicinal cannabis products in New Zealand as new rules launch today. The new rules should make it easier for doctors to prescribe products and for cultivator and manufacturer licenses to be granted.
The Ministry of Health’s Medicinal Cannabis Agency will open its new process for cultivators and manufacturers of medicinal cannabis. It is hoped that the new rules will provide some relief to medical cannabis patients, even amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The new rules includes quality standards for both domestic and imported medicinal cannabis and a licensing framework. It also allows doctors to prescribe the medicines more freely without the need for specialist visits. However, they will only be able to prescribe products that have been approved by the Ministry of Health’s quality standards.