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How to access medicinal cannabis in New Zealand

How to access medicinal cannabis in New Zealand

Posted by Chris Fowlie on 9th Feb 2023

It's as easy as 1,2,3...4!

1. We can provide hemp wellness

Hemp is healthy and helps restore your internal balance and reduce inflammation. Hemp can help reset and calm an overactive immune system, sensitive gut, and inflammed sources of pain. People tell us hemp helps their arthritis, IBS, gout, daily movement and post-operation recovery. That's because hemp oil contains the best known source of Omega oils, in the perfect ratio for optimum health, and all the essential fatty acids we need. Hemp flowers contain terpenes, flavonoids and phytocannabinoids found in medicinal cannabis - but not the psychoactive THC. 

Check out our range of hemp wellness products online or visit us for more information. If you need CBD or THC, talk to us about getting a prescription or just follow the steps below. 

2. Anyone in New Zealand can get a prescription for medicinal cannabis (including THC and CBD oils and flowers) 

Any doctor may prescribe cannabis to anyone, for any reason (including tourists and visitors). The most common reasons are sleep, pain and anxiety. Products include oral oils and dry flowers (bud, for tea or for vaping). Information about NZ’s medicinal cannabis scheme and a full list of currently approved products can be found at the Medical Cannabis Agency website. We recommend talking to your own doctor, or you can see a specialist clinic below. Check their websites for times they have available. Appointments are often over video or phone. There may be a longer waiting time for in person consultations. 



Cannabis Care

Dr. Graham Gulbransen - GP, CBD and Addiction Specialist
Recommended for complex cases
97 St Luke's Rd, Sandringham, Auckland
Clinic is staffed Monday to Thursday.
Ph 0274 222 273

Cannabis Clinic

Dr. Waseem Alzaher & team
Southern Cross affiliated provider with pre-approvals. Nationwide coverage online, by phone or at the clinic.
New location: 12-14 Como Street, Takapuna Auckland (Open 9am to 5pm, Mon to Fri)
Clinics also at Hastings (Tuesday and Thursdays) and Nelson.
Ph 0800 223 645 (0800 CBD OIL)

Cannabis Doctor

Dr. Mohan Chitgopeker & team
Online consultations, clinic in Te Atatu, Auckland, or phone 0800 362 226


Auckland clinic: 231 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby. Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm
Also part-time clinics in Tauranga, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown
Ph 09-218 3411

Green Doctors Aotearoa

Late Dr. Mark Hotu's team
Nationwide coverage online, by phone or at the clinic
New location: Unit 2.1 65 Upper Queen St, Eden Terrace, Auckland
Open 9am to 5pm, Mon to Fri
Ph 09 360 0654


Nationwide coverage online or tele-medicine (residents only, does not take tourists) 
Ph 0800 7378 67363

The Pain Clinic

Christchurch: 248 Papanui Road, Merivale. Open Mon-Wed-Thurs. Ph: 03 366 6385
Nelson: 207 Bridge Street. Open Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri. Ph: 03 545 8800
Online appointments - see website or Ph 0800 842 223

3. Legal cannabis is now cheaper than you may think 

Once prescribed, obtain your medicinal cannabis directly from the doctor/clinic (which may offer delivery) or from your preferred pharmacy. Approved products include oral oils, sublingual drops and flowers (bud).

  • Prices are generally coming down and are now similar, or even cheaper, than illicit supplies. However prices can vary between providers, and products are not subsidised. Patients typically need to pay the full cost.
  • Some insurers will cover the doctor consultations but may require a GP referral. Some individual patients have received funding from ACC, MSD or Pharmac.
  • Prescriptions for THC products are limited to 1 month supply, with 2 repeats. CBD products can have a 3-month prescription, with 2 more repeats. 
  • Doctors may require periodic check ups. Changing product may require a new prescription.

4. Live like it’s legal, with legal protections 

Patients with prescriptions can consume their medicinal cannabis in public, drive if not impaired, and travel with it. 

  • The product container is labelled with the patient name, doctor details and date, product dosage and any restrictions. It is your proof of being legal so we recommend carrying it if you intend to medicate. Alternatively, keep a picture on your phone of the label.  
  • NZ's Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act has an exemption for vaping prescribed medicinal cannabis, so medicinal cannabis flower can be vaped indoors (if the premise occupier allows it - it's still their place and you should ask politely). The Misuse of Drugs Act's prohibition on allowing a premise to be used also does not apply to prescribed medicinal cannabis. That's why at The Hempstore we can provide a safe area for patients to medicate outside the front of our store. 
  • Driver and workplace testing have defences available for prescribed medicinal use (just like other prescribed drugs). 
  • Legal rights to travel includes domestic airports and also travel to and from Australia with prescribed products (up to 1 month supply for THC products, or up to 3 months supply for CBD products).  

Patients undergoing palliation also have a legal defence for obtaining, possessing and using illicit cannabis.

Information provided is accurate to the best of our knowledge and is updated regularly. Please notify us of any errors or omissions. Clinic details may change - see their websites or search online for 'cannabis doctor nz'. 

THE HEMPSTORE AOTEAROA is a social enterprise which advocates for improved access for patients. For more info or any questions please visit our store or contact us.

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