Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


New South Wales to allow medicinal cannabis


New South Wales to allow medicinal cannabis

NZ health select committee expected to push for allowing doctors to prescribe medical cannabis

MAY 20, 2003: New South Wales Premier Bob Carr today announced a "compassionate" scheme to allow the medicinal use of cannabis, with the New Zealand health select committee expected to push for a similar programme here.

"This is a compassionate scheme," Mr Carr told the NSW parliament. "We're talking about people suffering wasting due to cancer and HIV/AIDS, nausea from chemotherapy, severe or chronic pain, muscle spasticity due to Multiple Sclerosis and spinal cord injuries."

Patients will be able to gain access to medical cannabis through a new Office of Medicinal Cannabis within the NSW Health Department.

NORML's spokesperson Chris Fowlie applauded the move, and said New Zealand law already allows a medical practitioner to procure a supply of cannabis for medical purposes under the Medicines Act (sections 25 and 29), and directly import the cannabis for their patients without the need for cannabis being Gazetted as an approved medicine.

"All that is required is Ministerial approval for the medical practitioner. Once this is given, the cannabis can be imported and prescribed and the patient may lawfully consume the cannabis," said Mr Fowlie. "No law change is required, so not even United Future's cruel and heartless objections can stop the government giving the go-ahead."

"Cannabis could be also brought within the schedules of the Medicines Act, or moved to a lower schedule in the Misuse of Drugs Act. This would not require any new legislation and would allow doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis without having to first ask the minister."

These options are understood to be being considered by the health select committee, which is expected to soon release a report of its inquiry into the legal status of cannabis. Committee chair Steve Chadwick was last month reported as saying the report could recommend allowing doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news