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Cannabis products could soon be used legally for medical purposes

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:23pm - New Zealand
By ANNA CHALMERS - The Dominion Post | Saturday, 04 October 2008

( Don't everybody get excited,,, This is presently only under review in New Zealand )

Cannabis products could soon be used legally for medical purposes, after an application by a leading drug company to market a liquid version for pain relief.

Medsafe is considering whether to allow the marketing and sale of cannabis spray, Sativex, after an application from its British maker.

It comes as the Government faces increasing pressure from some patients and scientists to legalise cannabis use to alleviate chronic pain for accident victims and some sufferers of multiple sclerosis and cancer.

Cannabis is a class C drug and cannabis preparations are class B drugs, but the Medicines Act allows the drug to be used with ministerial approval.

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