I read a recent article that a visiting med-cannabis scholar is effectively calling our minister (drug policy) a liar !
Also new political party are saying something similar.. they are calling for ‘harm reduction’ by allowing a regulated market place. The leader said that he did not wish to see a large commercial market (as in other jurisdictions) but said it was time we stopped looking at it from a ‘should we change’ to what model should we adopt to reduce the overall harm, caused by the illegal black-market.. I agree 100%
He stated that about 40% of the total population are potentially CRIMINALS.. not a good look, time to catch up to the ‘rest of the west’ & cut the crap
Then this from an article:
‘Dr (name removed) is a world expert on medical marijuana.’
‘The New Zealand government should stop “lying” to its people over medicinal cannabis, a visiting doctor says.’
‘United States physician Dr (name removed), who specialises in medicinal cannabis effects and pain relief, said Associate Health Minister (name removed) needed some remedial education on cannabis.’
“And he needs to stop talking out of both sides of his mouth. I don’t see how on the one hand, he can say there’s no evidence that cannabis is medicine and then on the other hand approve Sativex, which is tincture of cannabis — it’s liquid cannabis.”
‘Cannabis has been used as a medicine for over 4000 years and has been listed in every medical material ever written.’
The NZ minister rebutted, the comments.. but this was followed by:
‘(the doctor) said the people of New Zealand “need to understand that its government has been lying to them”.
“Much the same as the US government has lied to the Americans. But fortunately for us, since 1997 we have been able to get more physicians to understand cannabis and the endocannabinoid system and help millions of people with a broad spectrum of diseases.”
This seems to be a real problem in Aotearoa/NZ, is that the real issues are being ‘brushed under the carpet’ by the Govt. & an apathetic number of kiwis just let it keep going on & on & on & on…. 😦