NZ Ministry of Health investigates medicinal cannabis use…

Dunne underwhelmed by officials’ evidence but Drug Foundation fears advice outdated.
Jessika Guest with son Ethan (left),  Jade  and  husband Brendan Guest. Photo / Facebook
Jessika Guest with son Ethan (left), Jade and husband Brendan Guest. Photo / Facebook

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.

Jade's diagnoses include hypotonia (a state of low muscle tone) and epilepsy, which used to cause up to 40 seizures a day. Photo / Facebook
Jade’s diagnoses include hypotonia (a state of low muscle tone) and epilepsy, which used to cause up to 40 seizures a day. Photo / Facebook

“For those suffering from such ailments I have enormous sympathy … the evidence [supplied by officials], however, has been underwhelming.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11415156

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