I am presently examining as much literature from the Medical Council of NZ and the specialist Australasian Medical Colleges that I can lay my hands on, for the purpose of preparing my letters to the Medical Council and the Boards of relevant specialist colleges.
As well as the idea of trying to persuade doctors to agree to prescribe CBD and THC to suitable patients in the form of cannabis and relying on the exemption provisions of sections 25 and 29 of the Medicines Act 1981, I have also decided to look further in to the third option to avoid the need for Ministerial approval: the standing order. Standing Orders have their own special Regulations and Ministry of Health Guidelines and so will require further study and investigation and so will be the subject of a separate later post.
This post today records the Medical Council of NZ’s papers issued about Prescribing.
There are two main papers that are relevant in my preparation for any discussions with the Medical Council and Specialist Medical Colleges regarding GreenCross NZ’s proposal for doctors to consider their important role in providing prescriptions for cannabis and their legality to do so without obtaining Ministerial consent: