it means for individuals who require access to cannabis for medicinal
purposes. This is by no means a blueprint for our medicinal cannabis plan
but merely an outline or rough draft if you will, based somewhat on Canada’s
plan in 2016 for medicinal cannabis before they legalised all marijuana use.
with a medical need, and who have authorisation of their health care
practitioner can access quality-controlled cannabis in three ways.
acquiring a prescription from a doctor, you will have to register with the
Ministry of Health to obtain a medical marijuana card that can range in cost
from $50 to $200 on a yearly basis.
first two options to obtain medical marijuana is to harvest a limited amount of
cannabis for yourself, up to four plants per individual, or designate someone
else to grow it for you.
individual can get a monthly prescription and they would be able to possess a thirty-day
supply of 150 grams of dried marijuana or the equivalent amount in another
you register with the Ministry of Health to grow your own or have a designated
person to harvest it for you, it will have to include detailed information on
the location and storage activities.
in summation, of the first two options, you get a prescription, register with
the Ministry of Health to get your medical marijuana card, and receive a
registration certificate for your legal authority to possess and produce
cannabis for your own personal use at a designated area.
more things, a designated grower can only produce for a maximum of two
individuals and everyone must indicate on their application to produce
marijuana plants if it's indoor or outdoors or a combination of both.
third way to access medicinal cannabis is through licensed producers. The
Ministry of Health can issue licenses to growers to harvest up to one acre of
marijuana. In the US, growers are issued licenses ranging from a low of $250 a
year in Oregon to a high of $4820 a year in California. Short seasoned
varieties of marijuana plants equate to 1200 to 2000 plants per acre and longer
season varieties equate to 600 to 1200.
shorter season takes two to three months and the longer season four to six
think it would be best for the Government and growers to negotiate on a price
per year on a license. On the island of Rarotonga maybe issue somewhere between
three to 10 licenses per Vaka.
would be requirements to obtain and maintain a license, establishment and
personnel security measures, authorised activities, including good
production practices, packaging, labelling requirements, record keeping
requirements, client registration, and ordering requirements.
and licensed growers seeking to produce outdoors must confirm that the
production site is not adjacent to a school, public playground, daycare or
other public place mainly frequented by children. All growers are required to
maintain any measures they think are necessary to protect the security of
list of criteria per licensed producer is too detailed to catalog at this
time. For example the list of medical marijuana growers on what pesticides
can and can't be used. California is the most sophisticated for growing
cannabis and has accepted the reality of pesticide use on marijuana. California
has therefore imposed limits, rather than outright bans, on some pesticide
residue in cannabis products.
I believe local growers would keep the quality of marijuana at a high standard
and have competitive prices or face the general population to bypass them
and grow their own.
grower can sell their product to a dispensary or have their own dispensary.
would need to have a prescription and a valid medical marijuana card to buy
from the dispensary, if your medical marijuana card has expired the dispensary
can issue a new one and that fee would go directly back to the government,
additionally a patient can order their prescription to be delivered to them
directly via the dispensaries website.
remember, you always have to present your prescription and valid medical
Government must insist on child-resistant packaging for cannabis products.
Choosing such packaging helps make marijuana safer for people who use it and
comes a tricky question that you need to figure out and answer to, what price
should you charge when you are ready to sell your cannabis? Since you're
selling a valuable product, as a general rule you want to make an average of 30
per cent profit after deducting all expenses and taxes. You could sell
paraphernalia in your dispensary such as various smoking pipes, water pipes,
assorted papers and filters, medicine containers and locked smell proof cases.
You could also sell smaller marijuana accessories in these dispensaries
such as roach clips, lighters, trays and grinders.
tourism will also attract millions of visitors over the years and millions of
dollars. Tourists of the appropriate age can take tours that stop at grow
facilities, cannabis oil refineries and dispensaries, given that the product is
always secured, while enjoying seeing the rich agriculture the Cook Islands provides.
that being said, only tourists who arrive with possession of a valid medical
marijuana card and or current prescription from overseas may purchase a
temporary medical marijuana prescription from the Ministry of Health in an
amount not exceeding the extent of their stay.
can take the approach of cannabis being a quality of life plant.
administering the regulations, the Ministry of Health will need to work closely
with a range of groups including healthcare professionals, law enforcement, Cook
Island Tourism Industry, Cook Island Tourism Corporation, Chamber of Commerce,
as well as all Cook Islanders and tourists interested in using the programme.
consumers of medicinal cannabis feel that cannabis is safer or healthier to use
than some pharmaceuticals and report personal experiences of therapeutic