During October, November and early December, we processed a number of New Zealand orders for our products. These were shipped with all the appropriate documentation and arrived safely with our customers in NZ.
Importantly none of the orders were accompanied by a prescription!
There were just 21 orders however all were passed by customs and delivered – that’s a 100% success rate – so far. These wonderful customers are now reordering and we are hopeful that things will continue in this positive way.
We would like to encourage NZ customers who have so far been reluctant to purchase to now go ahead and continue to help us and others test the system.
Below is some more information regarding the importation of CBD (Cannabidiol) to New Zealand This info was kindly supplied by our Lawyer contact and medicinal Cannabis advocate in NZ. It offers further clarification about how patients in NZ might be able to get CBD.
Essentially the law says (1) a patient must have prescription to get and use CBD and (2) a doctor or pharmacist may import CBD
The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Regulations 2017 creates two important provisions relevant to access to CBD.
- It creates a new exemption to Reg 22(2)(c), so doctors can prescribe CBD products to patients without needing any approval from the Ministry of Health.
- It makes it easier for doctors, pharmacists and other licence persons to import CBD products.
On first reading, it seems that a doctor or pharmacist can import CBD to NZ per the below extract:
Authority to import CBD products
A medical practitioner, a person who holds a licence to operate a pharmacy under the Medicines Act 1981, or a person who holds a licence to deal in controlled drugs under the Act may—
(a) import a CBD product; and
(b) possess or supply a CBD product that the person imports.
- A prescription is required to lawfully use CBD and
- A doctor or pharmacist can import the CBD
The only exemptions we are aware of from this are: a) if you are returning from overseas and have lawfully prescribed CBD with you (in which case you can rely on the exemption in s8(2)(l)(iii) of the Misuse of Drugs Act or b) If someone successfully challenges the MinHealth interpretation that CBD is covered by the Misuse of Drugs Act – but then it is still at present a prescription only medicine so there would still be restrictions on importation.