New Zealand just passed a new law that has the potential to dramatically change medical marijuana in the country. While it will still take time for all the new rules to go into effect, the changes promise to make medical marijuana much more accessible to thousands of patients. Additionally, they could pave the way toward broader marijuana legalization.
New Zealand’s New Medical Marijuana Law
Lawmakers in New Zealand have passed a new set of medical marijuana laws. Up until this point, the country had a highly restricted medical marijuana program.
In fact, the restrictive nature of the earlier program is one of the factors that catalyzed this most recent revision of New Zealand law. As per the Associated Press, some highlights of the new changes include the following:
Terminally ill patients will be allowed to begin smoking medical marijuana immediately. This is important because it allows terminally ill patients to begin medicating as needed before waiting for the rest of the new laws to go into effect. Further, this particular change makes it so certain patients cannot be prosecuted for using cannabis for medicinal purposes. When all new regulations are in place, medical marijuana will be accessible to a much wider