Dunne and UIC misleading the public
The Cannabis Party is accusing Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne of misleading the public over medical cannabis.
Dunne told TVNZ's Q+A programme that although “we talk about medicinal cannabis, actually there’s no such thing".
Cannabis Party leader Julian Crawford said Dunne was lying when he claimed that raw cannabis was not medicinal unless it
was packaged into a pharmaceutical product.
"In 23 States of the US they have legalised medical cannabis in its raw form, without the need for any involvement from
the pharmaceutical industry. The pharmaceutical industry has a vested interest in keeping medical cannabis illegal,"
"Peter Dunne has deliberately deceived the New Zealand public when he claimed that raw cannabis was not medicinal. In
reality around 40% of New Zealand's cannabis users are using it for medical reasons. Even when smoked it has medicinal
The Cannabis Party are calling for patients and their caregivers to be able to form non-profit organisations to grow and
dispense medical cannabis in New Zealand, without all the delays and costs involved with clinical trials.
"Dunne is simply a glove puppet of the pharmaceutical lobby, he has not softened his stance one bit regarding the
medical use of cannabis in its natural form," Crawford said.
The Cannabis Party has denied that it wants to use the medical cannabis issue as a backdoor for recreational use.
"The party wants medical cannabis in its natural form available now so that thousands of patients with hundreds of
illnesses can find some relief," Crawford said.
"Dunne and United in Compassion have muddied the waters with misinformation that is preventing meaningful dialogue
around the medical cannabis laws."