12 Jul 2019

Doctors warn disappointment under new medicinal cannabis laws

From Morning Report, 7:29 am on 12 July 2019

A pain management doctor says patients are being sold false hope and will be disappointed once new medicinal cannabis regulations come into force.

The Ministry of Health has released proposed regulations on how GPs and specialists could prescribe medicinal cannabis products.

Dr Buzz Burrell is a GP with a special interest in pain management.

He told RNZ's political reporter Charlie Dreaver even assuming medicinal cannabis is safe, it's not known whether it will work for chronic pain sufferers.