After signing up to advertise www.golyolicbdoil.com who produce high CBD/Low THC medicinal cannabis oils and extracts I made some enquiries here in New Zealand as to the legality of purchasing and importing these oils/extracts for personal use.
The company themselves state that their oils are legal to import worldwide but to be sure I emailed NZ Customs and provided them links to the exact products and asked if I could freely import them into New Zealand.
Sent: Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:10
Subject: Hemp oil importation enquiry
To whom it may concern
I am writing to enquire if there is any restriction on importing NON PSYCHOACTIVE cannabis oil into New Zealand.
If the product contains cannabinoids or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) it will fall within the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 and is a prohibited import unless you hold a licence from the Ministry of Health. I can confirm that licences are not generally issued for this type of product by the Ministry of Health.
If the product does not contain cannabinoids or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and you wish to import it you will need to check with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for their requirements. Their e-mail is email@example.com
If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
They assure me that their oil does not contain any psychoactive THC and that their oil is legal in every country around the world.
I just wish to confirm that this is the actual case before risking importing any of their product. Customs NZ have stated to me that "If the product does not contain cannabinoids or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and you wish to import it you will need to check with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for their requirements."
Thanks for your enquiry. There is no quarantine concern with hemp oil.
MAF BNZ QUARANTINE SERVICE , AUCKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
The only problem with all of this is that Customs state that "If the product does not contain cannabinoids or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)". Well non-psychoactive CBD is a cannabinoid. It wont get you stoned or high but it is a cannabinoid, with potent healing and medicinal properties. Both Customs and MPI were provided links to see the products as advertised and neither of them specifically advised me against importing the product.
What to do then? I am considering importing some of this oil as a test to see if the Police will kick my door in, shoot my dog, smash up and tear apart my house and beat me before arresting me and dragging me to the Police Station to charge me with importing/possession of illegal drugs as often happens during Police drug raids.
Meanwhile every New Zealander with severe epilepsy or cancer who could potentially benefit from this safe natural medicine will have to continue to wait and suffer until the government gives us sensible drug laws or myself or someone else successfully imports some of this oil without having their life destroyed by the criminal "justice" system.