Medicinal cannabis gains support from experts

NZ Herald 20 May 2016
Family First Comment: “The consistent feedback from experts in their field was that cannabis-based products should be treated no differently to other medicines — evidence-based principles should and will continue to be followed.”

Medical experts are supporting of the Government’s approach to prescribing cannabis-based products.

Feedback from specialists and the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA), released today, was unanimously supportive of the existing guidelines and process.

The feedback comes after the Ministry of Health undertook a targeted consultation with a range of medical specialists and the NZMA to determine whether the guidelines used to assess applications for prescribing cannabis-based products were still fit for purpose.

Medicinal cannabis has long been a contentious issue with many calling for easier access to the drug and lower costs.

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said he welcomed the support.

“The consistent feedback from experts in their field was that cannabis-based products should be treated no differently to other medicines — evidence-based principles should and will continue to be followed.”
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