Medicinal marijuana users need ‘compassion’

By February 11, 2014 Recent News

OneNews 12 February 2014
The New Zealand Drug Foundation says people using cannabis for medicinal purposes need to be shown compassion until they are able to access the drug legally.

NZ Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell is calling for a system where people can have access to marijuana to treat the pain caused by some diseases.

“We support the medical use of cannabis. The debate isn’t about whether medical cannabis works, it’s about how you deliver the medicine,” Mr Bell told Seven Sharp.

“Until we get a decent regime in New Zealand we could show some compassion.”

Mr Bell says marijuana has clear benefits when it comes to treating some illnesses, however, legalising marijuana for recreational use is a separate debate.

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