Analysis: What the Government's medicinal cannabis scheme would look like

What's the problem?

Patients seeking pain relief from cannabis-based medicines currently have legal access to only one product, Sativex, which costs about $1000 a month.

That has only led to a black market, with thousands of people potentially making themselves open to more harm with low quality products with unknown ingredients, loss of continuous treatment, fear of prosecution, and unregulated prices.

Last year the Government passed a law to increase access to medicinal cannabis, with a one-year timeline to put a regulatory framework in place.


The Ministry of Health released