Government Pays Lip Service to Needs of Medical Cannabis
Government Pays Lip Service to Needs of Medical
The Government pays lip
service to the needs of medical cannabis users by
acknowledging its value as a medicine while refusing to
allow clinical trials.
Spokesman for Auckland
Greencross, Stephen McIntyre said the time for such double
standards was over.
“There needs to be a
registered database of patients created and the Law
Commission’s recommendation of starting clinical trials
for herbal cannabis accepted without delay.”
Yesterday, Peter Dunne announced that the Government is
refusing to allow such clinical trials.
said that bona fide patients who have the acknowledgment and
support of their doctors should never be treated as
criminals; instead they should be given legal access to
medicinal grade cannabis in whatever form they prefer.
“The pharmaceutical form of cannabis currently
available here – Sativex – is difficult to apply for and
prohibitively expensive for most people.”
“Furthermore, it’s not a case of one size fits all.
People deserve options and most people prefer herbal
cannabis over sprays and pills.”
cannabis, potency and quality control can all be
standardized in scientific greenhouses.”
addition, clinical trials can establish which local strains
of cannabis are most useful at treating different
McIntyre said he has met too many MPs
who, while privately agreeing that cannabis should be legal
for medical use, refuse to take a position publicly on the
“Meanwhile, real people are suffering and
not getting a fair go at all.”
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