Stuff co.nz 18 May 2016
Labour will legislate for medicinal cannabis “pretty quickly” after taking office, leader Andrew Little has confirmed.
Little said cannabis products should be available to anyone suffering chronic pain or a terminal condition if their GP signed off on it.
Labour MP Damien O’Connor has drafted a bill for Parliament that would shift the onus of decision making on medicinal cannabis away from the minister to GPs and medical professionals.
Currently individual applications must first get ministerial approval for medicinal cannabis. The first Kiwi to do so was teenager Alex Renton who died shortly after approval was given.
In a wide ranging Facebook Live interview with Stuff on Wednesday, Little said Labour would pass O’Connor’s law “pretty quickly” after the next election, should it win.
But on the wider issue of decriminalising cannabis, he wanted to see more evidence.
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