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.

Medicinal Cannabis Scheme Industry and Māori Stakeholder Workshops

Registration of interest for commercial cultivation 

Work on the regulations to support the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme (the Scheme) is well under way and it is expected that the Scheme will be operational (the Medicinal Cannabis Agency ready to receive applications) by the end of the first quarter 2020. 

The Scheme will include a licensing regime for the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal use, the manufacture and supply of medicinal cannabis products and provision for assessment of products against quality standards. 

The Ministry will be supporting potential applicants through the licence application process by running workshops. These will help interested stakeholders understand how to submit an application for the commercial cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes. The Ministry will be developing mock applications and working through draft guidance material during the workshops.

The Ministry is currently gauging interest for these workshops, which will have sessions for general industry stakeholders and for Māori industry stakeholders.

The dates and locations of the workshops will be confirmed in December; at this stage we are planning to hold the workshops in the last two weeks in February 2020.

Preference for attendance will be given to those who register by 1st December 2019.

You can register by emailing with “Workshop” in the subject line.   

Please provide the following details:

  • your name(s) and the organisation (if any) that you represent 
  • your location
  • If your interest is in attending the general industry workshop or the Māori industry stakeholder workshop
  • what you want to get out of the workshop.

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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, sign up for updates.

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

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