Labour wants to make access to medicinal cannabis easier, Andrew Little

Labour wants to make access to medicinal cannabis easier, Andrew LittleLabour leader Andrew Little has said that the party is aiming to make access to medicinal cannabis easier for the people in New Zealand. The party will now discuss the matter and will arrive at its formal position in the next few weeks, he told the country's Parliament this morning. When asked if the party will back decriminalisation of such products, he said that the party is open to discussion and will come up with a position soon.

Mr Little said, "We are aware that this is an issue and there is a willingness to look at our current policy and see whether it meets current scientific understanding. We are aware that this is an issue and there is a willingness to look at our current policy and see whether it meets current scientific understanding."

The issue of cannabis for medicinal purposes resurfaced after Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne approved a new non-pharmaceutical grade product on Monday for a patient suffering from severe Tourette's Syndrome. Dunne gave the approval to the new product, Aceso Calm Spray, a non-pharmaceutical grade cannabis-based product for the patient after an application was filed by the patient's consultant. The minister did not reveal the name of the patient for confidentiality reasons.

This is the second case when time a cannabis product has been approved by the minister. He had approved Elixinol for Nelson teenager Alex Renton to treat "status epilepticus" in the previous year. The patient had died a month after seeking approval for the cannabis treatment. Health experts said that Sativex in the only product available in the country and can be obtained without requiring an approval from the minister.

 

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