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Health Ministry to approve cannabis use

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/02/2017

Prescriptions for medicinal cannabis use will no longer need ministerial approval under a major change announced by the government.

The Minsitry of Health will be responsible for overseeing prescription of all cannabis-based products, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne announced on Wednesday.

Mr Dunne has previously been required to approve the applications himself but says the completion of a number of successful applications, the development of guidelines and the abatement of risks he's satisfied the new process will provide a "straight-forward and unobstructed" pathway for access.

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