An investigation into the use of cannabis for medical purposes has been carried out by the Ministry of Health.
Growing numbers of jurisdictions allow cannabis for medical use and the Government has come under pressure to re-examine its use here.
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne, who oversaw New Zealand’s innovative regulations on so-called legal highs, asked officials to look into the issue.
“My office receives regular correspondence seeking legislative change … cannabis, I am told, is apparently the panacea for a plethora of ailments, some of which, sadly, are painfully debilitating,” Mr Dunne said.
“For those suffering from such ailments I have enormous sympathy … the evidence [supplied by officials], however, has been underwhelming.”