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Not many GPs seem to be prescribing medicinal cannabis, not for now at least. Cannabis for medicinal use is being taken more seriously but many health professionals prefer to shy away.

This may well be because evidence as to efficacy is mixed, even though anecdotally many patients have compelling stories about its pain-relieving qualities and other properties.

The evidence landscape currently shows that the scientific and clinical studies to support medical use of cannabis and cannabis-derived products is still limited with very little in-depth research using different cannabis products at different doses or as comparative studies for the treatment of chronic pain.





Customs has updated its guidelines around cannabis-based products, just a week after a loophole was identified in the law.

Under direction from the Ministry of Health, it's banning all medicinal cannabis products from being carried in on flights from the United States.

LISTEN: Brandon Stronge: Loophole to bring cannabis into NZ legally





The Cannabis Party is pleased to announce an exclusive guided tour of California to buy legal cannabis.

By-election candidate Brandon Stronge said the tour was a uniquie opportunity for medical cannabis users to bring cannabis back into New Zealand legally.

"A doctor's evaluation and medical cannabis recommendation will be included as part of the package," he said.





Mt Roskill by-election candidate Brandon Stronge is calling on John Key to halt all payments from the New Zealand taxpayer to the Clinton Foundation, which is under investigation by the FBI.

Australia cut off funding for the foundation after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Tuesday agreements entered into by the Rudd-Gillard government had not been renewed.

However, NBR reports that New Zealand's government still plans to give a further $6 million to the Clinton Foundation's flagship initiative, on top of $7.7 million already given.





 

Mt Roskill residents have an opportunity to send a strong message to Wellington about cannabis legalisation, in the upcoming by-election

California and four other states legalised cannabis for recreational purposes using a binding referendum, held at the same time as the presidential election.

Voting for the Cannabis Party is the closest thing New Zealand will ever get to a referendum on cannabis legalisation, according to candidate Brandon Stronge.





Mt Roskill by-election candidate Brandon Stronge is calling on all other candidates to state their position on cannabis legalisation.

Stronge said this Sunday's candidates debate, 7pm at Lynfeild Community Church, would be the ideal time for Parmjeet Parmar and Michael Wood to share their views on cannabis laws.

“I am calling on my fellow candidates to have an honest and open discussion about cannabis. Failing to address the topical issue of medical cannabis would be a sign of weakness,” he said.





The promotion of synthetic cannabinoids in medical trials is evidence that New Zealanders are missing out on the benefits of natural cannabis.

The Law Commission has called for natural cannabis to undergo clinical trials in New Zealand, but the government ignored the recommendation.

Instead, the Ministry of Health has given the green light to a trial investigating the effects of synthetic cannabinoid gel ZYN002.





 

Voters approved recreational marijuana in 4 states on November 8 – California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada.

Further, an additional 4 other states passed medical marijuana provisions: Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota, and Montana, with Montana loosening restrictions on an existing law.

In fact, election day was the biggest day for marijuana reform since 2012, when voters approved it for recreational use in Colorado and Washington.





The Cannabis Party announced today that it is entering the Mt Roskill by-election race.

Brandon Stronge will represent the party, in its 10th consecutive by-election.

Mr Stronge said was "honoured and proud" to to stand for the Cannabis Party in the seat made vacant by Phil Goff.



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