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.

Update on the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme

The Ministry of Health has completed public consultation on the proposals for the medicinal cannabis regulations. Consultation ran from Wednesday 10 July to Wednesday 7 August 2019.

The Ministry of Health is analysing the feedback and will consult with the Medicinal Cannabis Advisory Group before providing advice to the Government on the outcomes of the consultation, including any proposed changes. The Ministry of Health will then seek approval from Cabinet on the regulatory proposals and work with the Parliamentary Counsel Office to draft the proposed Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations.

Regulations will be made by 18 December 2019 and the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme will be operational in the first quarter of 2020.

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If you need to contact the Medicinal Cannabis team directly at any time, the email address is:

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