New Zealand-made, pharma-grade cannabis medicines – will they be affordable?

Politics

10 Nov, 2020 03:45 AM

New Zealand-made cannabis medicines are not expected to hit the market for several months – will they be affordable? Photo / Supplied

The Government is being urged to consider watering down safety standards or subsidising cannabis medicines to ensure products are accessible and affordable.

The current regulatory rules mean that Kiwi-made medicines are unlikely to be any cheaper than expensive imported ones, the NZ Medical Cannabis Council says.

In the wake of the referendum result against legalising recreational cannabis, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that medicinal cannabis regulations will be looked at to ensure products aren’t too expensive.

Council chairman Manu Caddie, who was at New Zealand’s first medicinal cannabis summit this week, welcomed Ardern’s comments and said the industry supported safety standards.

But it was about finding a suitable level of quality assurance while not making medicines unaffordable.

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