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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

New Zealand passes laws to make medical marijuana widely available

Legislation comes ahead of a referendum on recreational marijuana use in next two years

New Zealand’s government has passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time, after years of campaigning by chronically ill New Zealanders who say the drug is the only thing that eases their pain.

The legislation will also allow terminally ill patients to begin smoking illegal pot immediately without facing the possibility of prosecution.

Related: 'Watching our mates drop dead': New Zealand's synthetic cannabis crisis

Today Aotearoa New Zealand finally passed legislation to create a legal, local #medicinalcannabis scheme. #nzpol pic.twitter.com/Pwfesu4ncS

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