Increased access for those who use it for medical treatment.
The evidence is clear that cannabis can be an effective medicine for a range of conditions, including epilepsy, chronic pain and nausea from some cancer treatments.
While medicinal cannabis is technically legal in New Zealand with a prescription, there are few products
available and they are very expensive because they are not subsidised.
Medicinal cannabis products are out of reach of most New Zealanders, even those
who have a life threatening or debilitating condition.
So despite the medical scheme, patients are still forced to source illicit products, putting them at risk of a conviction, We had high hopes for the medical scheme, but unfortunately it’s just not a model that puts the patient first.
Legal cannabis would mean easier access to a wider range of products, and would make prices more affordable. Patients will be able to access the medicine that works for them without fear of prosecution.