Thank you for wanting to book a follow-up appointment. This is an important step in your medicinal cannabis journey. If you want to move to a THC product, please make sure you book with a doctor only.

Why is a Follow-Up Consultation Required?

  • Patient care: Ensuring that your treatment plan is as affordable as possible and you are getting the most benefit from your product is important to us. 
  • Moving to THC: If you are considering using a THC containing product, we will ask you for a follow-up consultation. This is because THC is a different medicine to CBD and requires our doctor to prescribe it and ensure you understand how to use it correctly. 
  • Requesting more products: When you are requesting further products and we have not consulted with you recently, we may ask you to book in a follow-up. The New Zealand Medical Council requires our doctors to be up-to-date with your treatment progress before approving more products.
  • Treatment Plan: If you feel that your symptom(s) are being managed very well, your doctor may approve you for a longer period of time without consulting. This can be up to six months for CBD products and three months for THC products. If you feel our request for a follow up is not required, please let us know. 

Medicinal Cannabis Treatment Plan.

Medicinal cannabis is a journey to find the right combination and balance of CBD and THC that works best for you, with minimal (or no) side effects. Our treatment plan is a suggestion only and your doctor may decide to amend it depending on your health condition(s). 

Our Doctors and Nurses.

Dr Waseem Alzaher

BSc, MBChB CEO | Doctor

As the founder of the Cannabis Clinic, Dr Alzaher is up to date on all the latest medicinal cannabis research for a wide range of medical conditions. With a gentle and caring approach, Dr Alzaher is able to support you on your journey to a better life. Every patient through our clinic receives his personal emails and support. Dr Waseem is a shareholder & director of the clinic. 

Dr Anne Craig

BhB, MbChB, Dip Paeds, FANZCA Doctor | Specialist & Anaesthetist

As a qualified anaesthetist and specialist, Dr Craig brings a world of medical experience to the Cannabis Clinic. Dr Craig is experienced in general medicinal cannabis care, but also has a special interest in working with patients who suffer from chronic pain, fibromyalgia, cancer-related pain, and sleeping difficulties. With a warm and kind approach, Dr Craig will ensure your journey on medicinal cannabis is supported and positive. Dr Craig is a shareholder in the clinic.

Dr Ali Coleman

Doctor | Psychiatry Registrar

Dr Coleman practises general medicinal cannabis care and is a firm believer in holistic health care. Her specialty and interest lies in chronic pain management, mental health conditions (such as anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, depression and autism), stress and sleep. With a friendly and warm approach, Dr Coleman can tailor your treatment plan in your medicinal cannabis journey.

Dr Daniela Reyes

MBChB Doctor

As a general medicinal cannabis doctor, Dr Reyes brings a wealth of holistic health expertise to the Cannabis Clinic. She is a firm believer in living your life to achieve overall health and wellbeing. Dr Reyes enjoys consulting on a wide range of health conditions, including pain, anxiety, sleep, and she is also excellent with children. Dr Reyes will be gentle and supportive on your journey to a better life.

Dr Mike Foster

MBBS (London) Doctor

With a wealth of medical experience both here in New Zealand and overseas, you’ll be in safe and caring hands with Dr Mike. Dr Mike is passionate about integrating orthodox medicine with nutrition, stress reduction, exercise, and appropriate supplementation. After seeing many patients using cannabis with remarkable benefits, Dr Mike is excited to be working with us at the Cannabis Clinic.

Dr Monica MacRae

MBChB Doctor | Psychiatry Registrar

Monica’s own healing journey has lead her away from conventional medicine towards more holistic, natural, psychological and spiritual methods of healing. Monica has a strong belief that there is an abundance of healing plants available that should be utilised through diet and supplementation. This combined with a meditation practise, exercise, and lifestyle changes to reduce stressors has the potential to bring so much healing!

Dr Clare Halford

MBchB, Dip Paeds Doctor 

Clare been working in Emergency Medicine for 17 years and has developed a strong interest in nutritional and plant medicine. She is a firm believer that Medicinal Cannabis is a sacred and wonderful plant that can help people to achieve balance and relief on many levels. As a highly experienced doctor, Clare will provide you with amazing care and advice. 

Dr Grace Lavelli


After graduating from medical school in London, Grace worked as a doctor in the UK for a few years before making the move to New Zealand in 2019. After spending some time travelling around she eventually decided to settle in Hawke’s Bay. Her main interest as a doctor lies in mental health, and after working for a few years as a psychiatry registrar, she found herself becoming increasingly drawn to a more holistic treatment approach and considering more how lifestyle factors play an important role on both our physical and mental wellbeing.

dr james

Dr James Cameron


Dr James grew up in England and Brazil before moving to New Zealand where he completed studies in psychology and graduated medical school from the University of Auckland. In the following years, he worked across Auckland’s three main hospitals in a range of specialities as a junior doctor and is currently working as a GP in central Auckland. The healing properties of medicinal marijuana fascinate him and he believes many patients across New Zealand stand to benefit from it.

Maxine Anderson

BNurs Cannabis Nurse

As New Zealand’s first Cannabis Nurse, Maxine has an interest in natural therapies and holistic healing for people with chronic conditions, Maxine is caring, compassionate, and can provide you with a quality of care that is second to none.

Ben Whitson

B.Sc (Nursing) Cannabis Nurse

As a medicinal cannabis nurse with a first-hand experience of chronic poor health, Ben has an empathetic perspective with patients. Passionate about the role medicinal cannabis can play in reclaiming health, Ben will treat you with care and understanding.