Restrictions on medical cannabis product CBD to be removed

By June 6, 2017 Recent News

TVNZ One News 2 June 2017
Family First Comment: Good move. Controlled. Careful. Researched. No decriminalisation of recreational marijuana.
The main thing will be to monitor and research the outcomes of the use of CBD on different conditions.

Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne has announced that the CBD cannabis medicine will have restrictions on its use and prescription removed in line with other countries.

Cannabidiol, or CBD as it is known, is the part of hemp usually used for medical purposes and has little to no psychoactive traits.

Its use rose to prominence – and controversy – in 2015 with the case of Nelson teen Alex Renton, whose family campaigned for better access to the drug which may have improved Alex’s quality of life in his final months.

Mr Dunne announced this morning that the substance has potential therapeutic value and yet it is a controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

“At present CBD products for therapeutic use are only available if approval is given by the Ministry of Health,” he said in a statement.

“I have taken advice from the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs (EACD) that CBD should not be a controlled drug and am pleased Cabinet has now accepted my recommendation to make this change. Therefore, I am now taking steps to remove restrictions accordingly.
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