Legalize Medical Marijuana in NZ
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A social issue that exists in New Zealand is the government's decision to keep marijuana illegal by law, even for medicinal purposes. The law states the drug as an offense and prosecutable under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. This act makes it illegal to import, grow, sell, distribute, possess and use cannabis. The law only allows the use of non-pharmaceutical medical cannabis products with the approval of the Ministry Of Health, even then access to the drugs still remain tightly controlled. To get access to medical marijuana patients must meet strict criteria which in most cases many patients cannot meet the specific criteria. This criteria includes; having proof that you have a severe or life-threatening condition, evidence that other conventional pharmaceutical treatments have not worked, evidence from a specialist who has considered the risks and the benefits of the medical marijuana in your particular case and also a certificate of analysis from an recognizable laboratory. The strict guidelines can be very time consuming and difficult to get everything necessary to be eligible, some people may not have this time which can result in further suffering.
For the legalization of the use of medical marjuana in New Zealand we will need to implement a change into the Misuse of Drugs act 1975 which is the heart of the reason cannabis is still illegal in all forms unless approved. Changing the policy can help lead us the a healthier, greener New Zealand.
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