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To: House of Representatives
Petition to Change Medicinal Cannabis Regulations
Pass legislation to amend Regulation 22(2) of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1977 to bring the controlled drug, cannabis, in line with the controlled drugs cocaine and opium - morphine, so that the consent from the Minister of Health or his delegate is not required for a medical professional’s prescription for a cannabis medicine containing the prescription medicines listed in Schedule 1 to the Medicines Act 1984, being tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD).
Medicinal cannabis users usually discover the therapeutic benefits of cannabis following unsuccessful treatment from many different pharmaceutical products and surgical operations.
In terms of the law, it is a simple matter for a patient’s doctor to procure medicinal cannabis on behalf of a patient under section 25 Medicines Act 1984 and with the approval of the Minister of Health under Regulation 22 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations.
It is our aim that cannabis be treated in the same way as the controlled drugs cocaine and opium-morphine under Regulation 22(2) so that cannabis can become another controlled drug that does not require ministerial consent each time a doctor wishes to treat his or her patient with medicinal cannabis.
The Associate Minister of Health has stated publicly that medicinal cannabis should be treated under the Medicines Act in the same way as any other medicine (which includes the controlled drugs cocaine and opium-morphine) and so we would like to pursue this amendment to Regulation 22(2).
If you also agree that medicinal cannabis should be treated in the same way as cocaine, opium and morphine then we would be grateful for your support by signing this petition and sharing it with your family and friends.
We the undersigned, agree that Regulation 22(2) should be amended to read as follows:
“22 Restriction on supply of certain controlled drugs
(1) Except to the extent and in the circumstances approved by the Minister either generally or in relation to any particular case or class of cases, no person may supply or administer to any other person, or may prescribe, any controlled drug for the time being named or described in—
(a) Schedule 1 of the Act:
(b) Part 1 or Part 2 of Schedule 2 of the Act:
(c) Part 1 of Schedule 3 of the Act.
(2) However, the approval of the Minister under subclause (1) is not required for the supply, administration, or prescribing of—
(a) cocaine, or anything to which any of clauses 2 to 5 of Schedule 1 of the Act for the time being applies in relation to cocaine:
(b) morphine or opium, or anything to which any of clauses 2 to 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Act for the time being applies in relation to morphine or opium:
(c) cannabis or tetrahydrocannabinols or anything to which any of clauses 2 to 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Act for the time being applies in relation to cannabis or tetrahydrocannabinols.”
Why is this important?
Medicinal Cannabis should be treated under the Medicines Act in the same way as any other medicine in Aotearoa New Zealand.