Peter Dunne is whining that data is limited on the effectiveness of medicinal cannabis.
Let me tell you this, there is more evidence on medicinal cannabis than there has ever been on synthetics…and parliamentarians rushed to try and ban those substances on flimsy evidence which amounted to not much more than some outrage outside corner stores.
A government investigation into the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has found little evidence to support a wider review.
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne called on the Ministry of Health to provide a report, amid growing domestic and international pressure to legalise the drug’s use among certain patients.
The report said although some research had found evidence was accumulating to show cannabinoids might be useful to treat some ailments, overall, data was limited.
“To date, clinical trials of unprocessed or partially-processed cannabis products have suffered from limited participant numbers and lack of data on long term effects.
“Results can’t be compared across trials because they have used different products in different patient groups,” the ministry said.
A 2013 review of trials on adults with HIV or AIDS concluded evidence for the effectiveness and safety of medicinal cannabis was lacking.
But the report cited “recent developments” in Australia toward allowing the use of medicinal cannabis.
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