Medicinal Cannabis Agency

The Medicinal Cannabis Agency administers the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme and ensures medicinal cannabis products meet the minimum quality standard.

August 2023: New materials proposed to be incorporated into the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations 2019

The Ministry of Health is seeking feedback to some proposed material to be incorporated by reference to the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations 2019, which prescribes the minimum quality standard for cannabis-based ingredients and medicinal cannabis products.

Read more about the consultation in the Gazette notice:

Information for the industry

The medicinal cannabis scheme enables the commercial cultivation of cannabis for the medicinal use and the manufacture and supply of cannabis-based ingredients, starting material and medicinal cannabis products. Read more.

Licence activities

Activities related to the cultivation, manufacture or supply of medicinal cannabis products must be carried out in accordance with a medicinal cannabis licence issued by the Medicinal Cannabis Agency under the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations 2019.

The following pages outline the types of 'activity' that can be carried out by the licence holder and the people working under their authority.

Applying for a licence

This section outlines what you will need to work through to obtain a medicinal cannabis licence. This includes providing guidance to help you complete your application, set out the application process and the fee structure. Read more.

Working with medicinal cannabis

The following pages outline some of the key requirements you will need to meet when working with medicinal cannabis.

Information for consumers

Information for members of the public who may have a clinical need to access quality medicinal cannabis products. Read more.


Information for health professionals

Information for doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals involved in the provision of quality medicinal cannabis products for therapeutic use by patients. Read more.


Background information

More information about the Medicinal Cannabis Agency, including a timeline of the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme, key documents, and info about the stakeholder workshops. Read more.


Data on the supply of unapproved medicinal cannabis products in New Zealand

View data on the volume of unapproved medicinal cannabis products supplied in New Zealand. Read more.

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