Friday, November 18, 2016

Medical cannabis worth examining

Scimex: There are possible benefits from medicinal cannabinoids that should be explored through a rational discussion, write researchers in a viewpoint article. Doctors should be engaged in the debate about cannabis' use for management of disease and there needs to be sufficient evidence for effectiveness to warrant prescription, they say. However, it would be hard to justify a place for smoking cannabis in light of serious public health harms. In an accompanying editorial, Massey University's Chris Wilkins says it is important New Zealand carefully examines the range of regulatory options available "rather than just adopting at the last minute the default commercial legal market option we are most familiar with from alcohol and tobacco".