New Zealand Parliament Will Debate Medical Cannabis Bill

It has only been one week since doctors in New Zealand were given permission to finally prescribe CBD for patients who need it, and now, the government is getting ready to debate a full-on medical marijuana bill.

The private members’ bill thankfully has broad support from a few political parties in the Kiwi nation, and it was chosen yesterday as the next matter up for debate. If adopted, the legislation would amend New Zealand’s Misuse of Drugs Act to allow for a medical cannabis exemption.

The bill would permit those with a qualifying medical condition and a prescription to cultivate, possess, and use cannabis as well as its related products. The exemption could also authorize an immediate relative or another nominated individual to grow cannabis by proxy if the patient is unable to do so.

The illnesses outlined as a catalyst for medical cannabis in New Zealand include any condition that is terminal, chronic immune or nervous system disorders, and chronic back or other pain, to name a few.

The bill has support from New Zealand political groups such as the Labour Party, Maori Party, and the Act New Zealand party. The legislation was submitted by Green Party…

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