A medical cannabis patient advocacy group in New Zealand is again calling for an amnesty for compassionate providers, carers and their patients.
Auckland Patients Group (APG) says pharmaceutical cannabis products should not be the only way for patients to access cannabis, and an amnesty would offer a safer environment for them and their supporters.
APG’s request includes registered herbal practitioners to be part of the amnesty and says its call has been strongly supported by the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists (NZAMH).
“Given the extensive training many NZAMH members have undertaken, medical herbalists are well placed to offer individualised plant medicine prescribing,” said NZAMH spokesperson Mike Eyres. “Until patients and providers have more practical and legal options, a cannabis prescriber amnesty would make a big difference”