Lincoln University has been approached to help carry out a medicinal cannabis trial.
A university spokeswoman said a private New Zealand company asked Lincoln to assist with the technical aspects of a medicinal cannabis project.
She said the university needed to gain the appropriate licenses before commencing the commercial contract.
“Due to the confidential nature of the contractual arrangements, we are unable to comment further at this stage.”
After widespread campaigning to make cannabis-based medication available in New Zealand, former Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne delegated approval for medical marijuana use applications to the Ministry of Health in February.
In June, he announced restrictions would be removed on pain relief cannabidiol so doctors could prescribe it without Ministry approval.
Ministry Medsafe group manager Chris James confirmed licences had been issued to Lincoln for the trial. It had also provided advice about the legal and regulatory requirements, he said.