I read a press release; that the Assoc. Health minister (resp. Drug policy) has finally admitted, that there is a large loophole in the current laws (Misuse of Drugs Act 1975) that potentially could see Medicinal Cannabis/products, prescribed overseas, brought legally in Aotearoa/NZ.
The report states:
‘Travelers can now bring medical cannabis into New Zealand, thanks to a massive loophole in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.
The loophole allows anyone who is lawfully prescribed cannabis overseas to bring one month’s supply of the medicine into New Zealand.
(The minister) initially said a (law professor) was wrong to suggest people could bring cannabis into New Zealand, but on Friday (the minister) backed down and admitted his previous statements were incorrect.’
“It is possible for people to bring in one month’s supply of any controlled drug for their own treatment. It has to be prescribed to them while they are overseas,”
According to (Law Prof.), if customs or the police confiscate lawfully obtained cannabis, then those agencies could be prosecuted in court.
“It now appears that (the minister) agrees with my legal analysis…. ” said the Prof.
The loophole can be found in section 8(2)(l)(iii) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975
“BRILLIANT !!!” sez I&I.. but I would not be surprised to see the Govt. act to ‘close the loophole’ ASAP