Only a small minority of New Zealanders using medicinal cannabis are accessing it through legal channels according to a new study by the NZ Drug Foundation.

The analysis, based on Official Information Act requests and patient estimates calculated from the NZ Health Survey, shows that while an estimated 266,700 New Zealanders used cannabis for medicinal purposes, only 6% – around 17,000 – did so using a prescription under the country’s medicinal cannabis regime in 2020.

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