Ministry of Health changes law for patients seeking medical marijuana
New Zealand patients in need of medical cannabis no longer have to go through the laborious process of obtaining ministerial approval to get their medicine. As of today, the authority to approve applications for non-pharmaceutical grade medicinal cannabis products has shifted from the Minister to the Ministry of Health.
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne explained the reasoning behind the changes.
“When applications first began to be received it was my view that the final decision appropriately lay at ministerial level, rather than exposing officials to risk, given the complicated and contentious nature of the issue – that is to say the buck stopped with me”, said Mr Dunne, as quoted by the NZ Herald.
Since then, the government has worked with specialists to develop a series of guidelines designed to solidify the application…
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