Medicinal Cannabis Scheme

The Ministry of Health is currently leading work to develop a scheme that will enable domestic commercial cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis. The scheme has three main elements:

  • a licensing regime
  • introduction of standards for the quality of medicinal cannabis products and all stages of production
  • establishment of a medicinal cannabis agency.

Enabling domestic cultivation and manufacture is expected to make quality medicinal cannabis products more readily available. This will remove a barrier for patients accessing medicinal cannabis, as health practitioners will be able to prescribe these products with confidence.

Stakeholder engagement is an important aspect of the development of the scheme. If you would like to stay connected and be informed of engagement opportunities as they arise, email


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