I read that the current NZ Assoc. Health minister (resp. Drug Policy) has claimed that cannabis IS pharmaceutical.. this effectively sounds like, he has completely ruled out the use of the raw plant, for any medicinal or therapeutic use/value. He stated on several occasions that he is ‘keeping an eye on developments in other similar OECD countries’ (paraphrased): Canada, USA, several in EU, Australia etc. who are all now, making the ‘raw herb’ available to patients who can benefit from it. BUT our minister has apparently said pharmaceutical extracts (currently only Sativex) & possibly others; if they meet his strict efficacy tests. Whilst I do agree that for genuine medicinal use, there does have to be proven standards.. why are these other countries not setting such I high bar.. OR why is our minister.. setting it SO high ?
Can it be that he has ‘deals’ going with a certain UK pharmaceutical company, that manufactures Sativex.. which currently costs approved patients in NZ over $1000/month (not funded by the Govt. agency & out of reach of many) !
I read the minister has made the following statements:
“In 24 US states it can be bought in its raw form from non-pharmaceutical dispensaries,”
“No pharmaceutical company will be able to patent cannabis in its natural form, making it unviable for them.”
“if cannabis is to be used for medical purposes, it must be subject to the same testing processes as any other therapeutic pharmaceuticals. New Zealand also calls on the pharmaceutical industry to step up and invest more in its research and development of cannabis-based products.”
One commentator mentioned:
‘(The minister) has been influenced by the pharmaceutical lobby, which is the biggest lobby group fighting against legal cannabis.’
“Most New Zealanders wont be able to afford the millions of dollars required to bring a product to market,”
“Few pharma companies will want to invest in medical cannabis, given herbal medicines can’t be patented and medical cannabis competes with their existing drugs.”
This confirms my beliefs, that the minister has another agenda.. which runs contrary to these other countries, he claims to be ‘keeping an eye on’. Why is this Govt./minister refusing to allow cannabis to be grown & processed in Aotearoa/NZ for any purposes.. (except Industrial Hemp).. I think I smell a rat. 😦
The majority of cannabis in NZ is under strict orders.. (by the Police minister) to “seek & DESTROY”