Medicinal Cannabis Scheme consultation

Submissions close 5.00 pm, Wednesday 7 August 2019.

Published online: 
10 July 2019
Medicinal Cannabis Scheme.

The Ministry of Health has opened public consultation on the proposals for the medicinal cannabis regulations needed to support the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme. Consultation closes Wednesday 7 August 2019 at 5 pm.

The Government has committed to establishing a Medicinal Cannabis Scheme to improve access to quality medicinal cannabis products. The Scheme will do this through:

  • enabling the commercial cultivation of medicinal cannabis and the manufacture of medicinal cannabis products in New Zealand
  • setting standards for medicinal cannabis products so that medical practitioners can prescribe them with more confidence.

A regulatory system, with controls on the cultivation of cannabis and the manufacture and supply of medicinal cannabis products, is needed to support the Scheme. The regulations are being developed to establish the regulatory system.

How to have your say

The closing date for submissions is 5.00 pm, Wednesday 7 August 2019.

We suggest you start by reading the Short Guide to the Consultation Document, which highlights the areas of interest for different audiences.

Then read the sections of the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme Public Consultation Document relevant to your interests.

You can then provide feedback by:

Your feedback is important because it will help shape the final proposals, ensuring they are workable and that the purpose of the legislation is achieved. We appreciate you taking the time to make a submission.

We are also holding information sessions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and will be providing additional material for those who can’t attend.

If you have any questions, or want more information on the information sessions, please email us at

Next steps after the consultation

The Ministry of Health will analyse the feedback and 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.

We are aiming to have the above regulations made by 18 December 2019 and to have the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme operational in the first quarter of 2020.


We may publish submissions on the Ministry's website, unless you have asked us not to. If you are submitting as an individual, we will automatically remove your personal details and any identifiable information. You can chose to have your personal details withheld if your submission is requested under the Official Information Act.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    10 July 2019
  • ISBN:
    978-1-98-856894-2 (print); 978-1-98-856893-5 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2019. Medicinal Cannabis Scheme: Consultation document. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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