Cannabidiol is currently a class B1 controlled drug in New Zealand under the Misuse of Drugs Act. It is also a prescription medicine under the Medicines Act. In 2017 the rules were changed so that anyone wanting to use it could go to the Health Ministry for approval. Prior to this, the only way to obtain a prescription was to seek the personal approval of the Minister of Health.
Epilepsy Society believes that individuals or their parents or carers should decide whether or not to use CBD-based oils. However they should always discuss any decision with their healthcare professional and should not stop taking their epilepsy medication without the supervision of their doctor. Unlicensed CBD oils may not be produced to the same high standards as licensed products and could interact with epilepsy medication. This could increase the risk of side effects or seizures.
In 1937, the U.S. Treasury Department introduced the Marihuana Tax Act, which imposed a levy of $1 per ounce for medicinal use of cannabis and $100 per ounce for recreational use. This was opposed by physicians who were not required to pay a special tax for prescribing cannabis, use special order forms to obtain it and keep records detailing its professional use. The American Medical Association believed that evidence of cannabis’ harmful effects was limited and the act would prevent further research into its medicinal worth.

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