NZ: Peter Dunne dismisses 'emotional nonsense' in medicinal cannabis debate

The Government will not be swayed by "emotional nonsense" colouring calls for wider access to medicinal cannabis, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says.

The issue has hit the spotlight after outgoing Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly, who has terminal lung cancer, pleaded for the Government to improve access to medicinal cannabis.

Dunne told Radio NZ there was "a lot of very loose and uninformed talk" about current access to medical cannabis, which ignored the current procedures in place for those who wanted to use the drug for health reasons.

"People are out there campaigning for all sort of things and ignoring the fact there's currently a procedure in place which would enable them to get access to the medicines that their doctor thinks they deserve."

Dunne said there had only ever been one application for a dispensation to use cannabis products not registered in New Zealand - for...

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