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To: All MPs, NZ Parliament
Legalise the use of medicinal cannabis
2 June 2017
Today Associate Minister for Health, Peter Dunne, has just announced that the Government will allow doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis.
Thanks to you and the over 6000 people who signed the petition calling for this change!
Associate Health minister Peter Dunne on Friday announced the medicinal cannabis product cannabidiol (CBD) would no longer require a person to get Ministry of Health approval to use it.
The changes mean CBD would be able to be prescribed by a doctor to their patient and supplied in a manner similar to any other prescription medicine.
Mr Dunne said it was a move towards legalising medicinal cannabis, but wouldn't "immediately bring about a revolution".
"I have taken advice from the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs (EACD) that CBD should not be a controlled drug, and am pleased Cabinet has now accepted my recommendation to make this change.
"Therefore, I am now taking steps to remove restrictions accordingly."
Common sense has prevailed with overwhelming public support. This will make a huge difference to people dealing with severe chronic pain and improving their quality of life.
You can email the Associate Minister to congratulate him on his decision at firstname.lastname@example.org
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