Here's how you can make medicinal cannabis in New Zealand a reality
Parliament's health select committee is looking for public submissions on the Government's Bill that allows terminally ill people to possess and use cannabis.
The Bill last week passed its first reading unanimously and opening it up for public submissions is the next step in the process.
It creates a statutory defence for people with a diagnosed life expectancy of 12 months or less.
It also allows regulations to be made setting standards for medicinal cannabis products, and eventually those products will be sold under licence.
Critics say it doesn't go far enough, and Green Party MP Chloe Swarbrick drafted her own Member's Bill which would have allowed anyone with a terminal illness or a debilitating condition to grow and use cannabis.
That Bill also came up for its first reading last week, and was defeated.
Submissions on the Government's Bill close on March 21, and can be made here.
What you need to know:
- Submissions are publicly released and published to the Parliament website. Only your name or organisation’s name is required on a submission. Please keep your contact details separate, as if they are included on the submission they will become publicly available when the submission is released.
- If you wish to include information of a private or personal nature in your submission you should discuss this with the clerk of the committee before submitting.
- If you wish to speak to your submission, please state this clearly.
While you're at it, check out George FM Breakfast's interview with Shona Leigh, the Queenslander who has claimed she cured her stage two cervical cancer with cannabis.