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How to access medicinal cannabis in New Zealand from your doctor or a specialist clinic

How to access medicinal cannabis in New Zealand from your doctor or a specialist clinic

Posted by Chris Fowlie on 9th Feb 2023

1. Anyone in New Zealand can get a prescription for medicinal cannabis. 

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 first, 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

2. Legal cannabis is now cheaper than you may think. 

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

  • Products are not subsidised, so patients typically need to pay the full cost.
  • Prices are generally coming down, and can vary so it pays to shop around (ie, compare clinics and pharmacies).
  • Some insurers will cover the initial consultations but may require a GP referral. Some individual patients have received funding from ACC, MSD or Pharmac however this is very rare.

3. 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. Patients undergoing palliation also have a legal defence for obtaining illicit cannabis.

Information provided is accurate to the best of our knowledge, at January 2023. Clinic details may change - see their websites or search online for 'cannabis doctor nz'. 

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