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8:37 am, February 8th, 2017 - 30 comments
Categories: Andrew Little, journalism, labour, Media, national, newspapers, peter dunne, same old national, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: cannabis, helen kelly, medicinal cannabis
The Government is set to announce a reform to medicinal cannabis law.
From the Herald:
The Government will announce tomorrow that it is removing a significant hurdle to getting access to medicinal cannabis in New Zealand.
It is understood doctors will be given the right to approve patients’ requests for cannabis products, rather than Government ministers.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman strongly hinted at the change today.
“The question is whether we could make that process a lot less bureaucratic and give people quicker access in cases where they do need that access,” he told reporters at Parliament this afternoon.
“The real question is does it need to be signed off by a minister. And that answer is it probably doesn’t.”
Requiring Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne to approve applications “could be a bit too much bureaucracy”, Coleman said.
The current law is a joke. Doctors can prescribe class A drugs such as morphine to people but if someone wants to use a cannabis derivative it has to go to the associate Minister for approval. Why? Reefer madness I presume.
Like everything else during her life she did Helen Kelly campaigned passionately for the law to be changed. Dunne’s refusal to even grant her application reflects poorly on him and on this Government.
Labour support for the policy was announced by Andrew Little in May 2016. Yet again National is finally catching up and moving to adopt left wing policy. The country should get rid of the delay and elect a progressive Government.
And the Herald has again outdone itself with signs of what can only be described as further evidence of clear anti progressive bias. It is election year. The media ought to be presenting the issues in a serious and balanced way.