Cannabis referendum: Medicinal cannabis bosses divided over legalisation

Key players in New Zealand’s burgeoning medicinal cannabis industry are divided over whether the plant should be legalised.

While none have plans to enter the recreational market, one company says New Zealand’s medical profession isn’t ready for legalisation.

Others say Kiwis are already using illicit cannabis, and the country needs a regulated market because prohibition has caused more societal harm than good.

In October, New Zealanders will vote on the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which has been written to give Kiwis an idea of how the law for recreational cannabis might look.

Greg Mission, Managing director of the fast-growing Bay of Plenty medicinal cannabis company Eqalis, said its stance on legalisation was clear – “not yet”.

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