New cannabis law a half-baked cure

By Peter Dunne

The government’s medicinal cannabis legislation is a cruel gimmick more designed to meet manifesto commitments made in the comfortable ignorance of opposition, than to make a real difference.

The legislation will fail to make a meaningful difference, Peter Dunne says.
Photo: RNZ / Kate Newton

The government today unveiled its Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill to make medicinal cannabis more available to people with terminal illness or chronic pain.

Labour’s superficial diagnosis in opposition was that more medicinal cannabis products needed to be made available and the price to the patient needed to come down. But the Bill addresses neither of those points.

Read more about medicinal cannabis and the people who supply it.

Under the legislation, domestic cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products will be allowed.

An advisory committee will be established to review the rules for prescribing medicinal cannabis and to set minimum product quality

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