DEC. 11, 2018 - NEW ZEALAND PASSES LAWS TO MAKE MEDICAL MARIJUANA WIDELY AVAILABLE
government has passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely
available for thousands of patients over time, after years of
campaigning by chronically ill New Zealanders who say the drug is the
only thing that eases their pain.The legislation will also allow
terminally ill patients to begin smoking illegal pot immediately
without facing the possibility of prosecution.
The health minister,
David Clarke, said thousands of New Zealanders were living with
chronic and end-of-life pain and the evidence that marijuana could
safely help ease their suffering was sound.
The law would also pave
the way for New Zealand companies to manufacture medicinal
cannabis products for both the local and international market, an
industry which is being touted as a potential game-changer for
deprived Māori communities on the east coast of the North Island,
who hope to turn the thriving illegal industry.
Eleanor Ainge Roy in Dunedin, Tue 11 Dec 2018