CBD in New Zealand

New Zealand’s CBD market is fairly restricted. This page includes all of our detailed full-length Australian market and regulatory reports, as well as both business and regulatory briefings covering current updates from the country, as well as our daily alerts.

Despite a close referendum result, New Zealand maintains a strict regime for CBD and hemp

CBD is classed in New Zealand as a medical substance, available only on a doctor’s prescription. It is only possible to obtain a licence to grow industrial hemp – Cannabis sativa with a THC content generally below 0.35% and not above 0.5. Only approved varieties can be cultivated.

In October 2020, the country went to the polls to decide on a broad cannabis legalisation referendum that would also encompass fully legalising CBD products. The result was close but ended with a no to legalisation. New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern promised to re-examine the changes regardless of the result of the referendum in order to improve health referrals in terms of numbers and treatments provided. Petitions have been filed seeking another referendum.