Health Minister: Grace period for medical cannabis imports won't be extended again

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 1 Oct 2021, 6:49PM
18 months since medicinal cannabis regulations came into force, and still no domestic medicines. With a grace period ending, legal medicines are now harder to get and pricier. Photo / Supplied
18 months since medicinal cannabis regulations came into force, and still no domestic medicines. With a grace period ending, legal medicines are now harder to get and pricier. Photo / Supplied

Health Minister: Grace period for medical cannabis imports won't be extended again

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 1 Oct 2021, 6:49PM

Medicinal cannabis importers say they're having to destroy perfectly good product because the illegal grace period to get a tick of approval has lapsed.

Importers had 18 months to meet really high-quality standards and get a product assessment.

The government did extend the deadline once but refused to do it again and from now on, users have just a handful of products to choose from.

Health Minister Andrew Little and Medleaf Therapeutics business development manager Shane Le Brun joined Heather du Plessis-Allan.

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