Friday, October 3, 2008

New Zealand could legalise the medicinal use of cannabis...


New Zealand could legalise the medicinal use of cannabis...

First published at Qassia:


The New Zealand government could soon legalise the medicinal use of cannabis products such as sprays, after an application by the leading British manufacturer of "Sativex".

Medsafe is considering whether to allow the marketing and sale of cannabis sprays for severe pain relief in this country.

Cannabis is a class C drug, and cannabis preparations are class B drugs in New Zealand. But the NZ Medicines Act allows the drug to be used with ministerial approval.

It comes at a time when the country faces a parliamentary election in a matter of weeks, and mounting pressure from patients and scientists to legalise the use only foraccident victims, cancer patients and some multiple sclerosis patients.

There is bound to be opposition from certain quarters who do not support any use of drugs such as cannabis and would consider it to be the short end of the stick. This will be a major change in policy for New Zealand society who have indicated their disapproval in the past for any relaxing of the drug laws, even for medicinal use.

The medicinal cannabis use lobby have spent many years putting forward their case for using cannabis for severe pain relief.


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5 comments:

Blair4Mayor.com, CHCH 2007 said...

The problem with the pharmacueticalisation of cannabis is that it proves the lie (about cannabis being no good for anything) while serving to ensure that the manufacturers and distributors of medicalised cannabis preparations are going to "require" the protection of prohibition in order to maintain profits (and research).

Satives, is in reality 'whole cannabis' packaged into measured 'thus moral' doses.

What really needs to happen of course is 'regulation' and then the real research can be done.

kiwi riverman said...

What you are saying it becomes a protected market for pharmacuetical companies?

You also suggest a regulated market for 'who's research?

Blair4Mayor.com, CHCH 2007 said...

Prof. Lester Grinspoon has said variously about Unimed (Marinol) and GWPharma (Sativex) that the real efficacy and capacity to self titrate the required amount was impacted.

If one starts from behind the eight ball....

http://www.chanvre-info.ch/info/en/An-Interview-With-Lester-Grinspoon.html

structured settlements said...

well if this drug doesnt do any good. whats the point in it?

Blair Anderson said...

Good question, If (any) drug doesn't do any good for you, then there is no point other than to perhaps eliminate a possible option. They key to understanding why anyone would use cannabis as a possible therapeutic is first to understand that amongst the many options available to someone who is out of sorts it is that even if it doesn't work, no harm is done. It is, according to Judge Young (DEA appointed) "one of the safest therapeutics known to man".

The onus is not on the state to prove it doesn't work... it never has been. That is a role the state has taken up quite irresponsibly.

I commend this url for some academic insight.

http://www.kartoo.com/flash04.php3?q=melamede+cannabis&Submit=OK&langue=en