Ever since Australia legalized medical-grade marijuana in 2016, it has already achieved dominance as a superpower in this innovative field. Besides instigating a new brain tumor treatment trial, the country is planning to help locals achieve their drugs much easier than before. However, in an ironic twist, the Land Down Under is now facing competition from its next-door neighbor New Zealand, which has also fully legalized medical pot. However, in an unexpected twist, it appears the Kiwi lawmakers have decided to make a daring move by making marijuana more accessible to qualified patients, which will prevent so many problems for this beautiful island nation. Likewise, this could mean that this country could be ready to take the next steps toward total legalization. Let’s take a closer look at how New Zealand plans to make medical marijuana more accessible to patients.
Much Smoother Sailing
Up until this point, New Zealand’s medical marijuana program was extremely rigorous. Now, however, lawmakers are preparing to introduce a new set of laws that would alleviate this situation. Even more interesting, this harsh set of rules actually inspired Kiwi officials to kickstart this call for change. Based on information from the Associated Press, New Zealand will make the following edits:
- Terminally ill patients will have the right so start smoking marijuana as soon as possible, as they wait for the new laws to go into effect.
- After the new regulations are set, the spectrum of qualifying patients will be expanded.
- New Zealand will allow medical marijuana and related products to be grown and produced in its borders.
So, how long until these changes are put in place? New Zealand lawmakers have determined a wait period of 2 years, but this could always change.
Any More Changes?
Remarkably, these updates to the medical marijuana program could signal future changes for the beautiful country of New Zealand. Which ones stand out the most? According to recent reports, some members of the government are considering legalizing recreational weed. Over the next two years, lawmakers will consider a referendum for this subject.
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