Yes, you need a prescription from any registered prescriber (eg, a doctor or nurse practitioner) in Aotearoa New Zealand before you can get any medicinal cannabis product. The prescriber will need to check if the product meets the quality standard set by the Medicinal Cannabis Agency. They will ask you about your medical history, including any other medicines you're taking. Your prescriber is best placed to advise you on the risks and benefits of using medicinal cannabis products.
With a prescription, your prescriber or a pharmacy will dispense the product. You can't buy medicinal cannabis products online or from a third party.
From October 2023, the medicine licensing agency in Aotearoa New Zealand has approved pharmacies to provide some types of medicinal cannabis, after a consultation with a pharmacist. These products will be of lower doses and smaller amounts than you can get with a prescription from your doctor or nurse prescriber. There are currently no approved low-dose products available. However, the reclassification means that if a low-dose product is approved in the future, registered pharmacists will be able to supply it without a prescription for people 18 years of age and older under certain conditions.