New Zealand Doctors Now Able to Prescribe Medicinal Cannabis

Nelson lawyer and medicinal cannabis advocate Sue Grey said lifting the restriction was unlikely to offer patients any real change to their treatment options, but was a good step forward.

September 8, 2017
Radio New Zealand
International Medical News

Doctors can now import and prescribe cannabidiol (CBD), which was previously a controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act, bringing New Zealand into line with other countries including Australia.

But Rose Renton, whose son Alex was the first New Zealander to be granted an exemption to use it in 2015, said the move does not go far enough.

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"It's totally symbolic. The only CBD that New Zealand doctors are able to prescribe is imported CBD that is hugely priced," she said.

"The New Zealand public are being told one thing but they are not being given any affordable access to it."

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