NZ’s Medicinal Cannabis Scheme comes into effect

These are unprecedented times we are living in with COVID-19, yet today is a historic day for New Zealand with the new Medicinal Cannabis Scheme taking effect. The MedCan Summit is committed to supporting New Zealand’s medicinal cannabis industry, read more about what this means for New Zealand below.

MedCan Summit update

We are working hard to finalise the new date and venue for the postponed MedCan Summit 2020. We hope to be able to announce this later this month. Thank you for your patience.

MedCan webinar series

MedCan will be offering a webinar series to our Summit delegates. The first one will be held in the week commencing 13 April. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from our MedCan speakers and ask your burning questions. The series will be made up of presentations, panels, Q&A sessions and presentations of published papers, from the medical, science and industry sectors.

More information will follow shortly.

What the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme means for New Zealand

These new regulations will enable the local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products. This in turn will allow New Zealanders to access more affordable medicinal cannabis products which will create more equitable health outcomes and help to ease the pain of thousands of people.

The ability for medicinal cannabis products to be made in New Zealand will enable increased supply and continuity of products with an ensured quality and consistency of cannabinoid content which will give medical practitioners the confidence to prescribe medicinal cannabis products.

The economic opportunity for New Zealand could be worth hundreds of millions in GDP, support many new jobs and deliver significant export earnings for our country. This is especially crucial given the economic conditions New Zealand will face once the current Covid-19 crisis is over.

Medicinal Cannabis Agency

The Medicinal Cannabis Agency administers the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme and ensures medicinal cannabis products meet the minimum quality standard.

The Ministry of Health has updated their website with information for industry:

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