7 May 2024

Medicinal cannabis could be available in Cook Islands

From , 6:02 am on 7 May 2024

Medicinal cannabis could be legally imported into the Cook Islands this month from Australia and New Zealand.

The Ministry of Health's Narcotics and Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 2023 is set to be implemented on May 13, pending Cabinet approval next week.

Pharmacies will be able to apply to the Ministry of Health for a 12-month license to import the drug after the law passes.

It follows a legally non-binding referendum where a majority of people voted in favour of medicinal cannabis.

Caleb Fotheringham spoke to cannabis advocate, Steve Boggs who has been living in the Cook Islands.

Indoor Marijuana bud under lights. This image shows the warm lights needed to cultivate marijuana.

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