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Better access to medicinal cannabis welcomed

Media Release 20 December 2017

Better access to medicinal cannabis welcomed

The government Bill introduced today to enable production of medicinal cannabis and establishing a body to set standards is to be applauded.

NZNO chief executive Memo Musa says the government has taken a sensible approach, which is conservative, but positions for well-managed, better access to medicinal cannabis.

“The legislation shows a commitment to examining whether New Zealanders will be able to obtain the medicine on prescription straight from their doctor and also a commitment to improving access in a measured way,” Memo Musa said.

“When the Act is enacted we encourage nurses and all health professionals to take this policy and apply it within the regulations of their scope of practice.

“NZNO advocates for equity of access for all who need any medication demonstrated to be safe and effective.

“Introducing a way to regulate access to medicinal cannabis for patients and those terminally ill is a positive step forward as it stops criminalising and stigmatising people seeking relief from pain, and should also reduce unsafe ways of using marijuana for pain relief.

“Alleviating pain and aiding ease to wellness is a huge part of a nurse’s daily work. Many heath care professionals will be welcoming availability of a safe medicine for their patients,” he said.

The NZNO 2016 Position Statement has more information about research around this medicine.


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