NZ Herald 11 March 2015
An investigation into the use of cannabis for medical purposes has been carried out by the Ministry of Health.
Growing numbers of jurisdictions allow cannabis for medical use and the Government has come under pressure to re-examine its use here.
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne, who oversaw New Zealand’s innovative regulations on so-called legal highs, asked officials to look into the issue.
“My office receives regular correspondence seeking legislative change … cannabis, I am told, is apparently the panacea for a plethora of ailments, some of which, sadly, are painfully debilitating,” Mr Dunne said.
“For those suffering from such ailments I have enormous sympathy … the evidence [supplied by officials], however, has been underwhelming.”
Mr Dunne made his comments in a speech to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, which draws together the world’s top drugs policy diplomats.