Marijuana briefing for New Zealand select committee

May 12, 2004

, New Zealand Herald

Experts and officials from Government-sanctioned medical marijuana programmes in the Netherlands, Canada and the United States will visit New Zealand this month.

Governments around the world have begun legalising the use of marijuana by patients with chronic pain and other forms of suffering.

A parliamentary health select committee has recommended New Zealand consider making cannabis-based medicines available to suffering patients, and the Drug Policy Forum Trust has invited the overseas experts to brief it on their programmes. 

The Drug Policy Forum Trust has invited overseas experts from leading international programmes to brief its trustees concerning the detailed workings of these programmes.

The briefing is to be held in Kaikoura and the trust will then report and make recommendations for a medical marijuana programme in New Zealand.

The visiting experts will give two presentations in Wellington, on May 26 and 27.

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