Expert calls for government to stop 'lying' about cannabis
Dr David Bearman is a world expert on medical marijuana.
The New Zealand government should stop "lying" to its people over medicinal cannabis, a visiting doctor says.
United States physician Dr David Bearman, who specialises in medicinal cannabis effects and pain relief, said Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne needed some remedial education on cannabis.
"And he needs to stop talking out of both sides of his mouth. I don't see how on the one hand, he can say there's no evidence that cannabis is medicine and then on the other hand approve Sativex, which is tincture of cannabis — it's liquid cannabis."
Cannabis has been used as a medicine for over 4000 years and has been listed in every medical material ever written.
However, Dunne said Bearman's comments were inaccurate, ignorant, abusive and ill-informed.
"As such they are neither worth commenting upon further, nor taking in any way seriously."
Bearman said the people of New Zealand "need to understand that its government has been lying to them".
"Much the same as the US government has lied to the Americans. But fortunately for us, since 1997 we have been able to get more physicians to understand cannabis and the endocannabinoid system and help millions of people with a broad spectrum of diseases."
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has come in for some criticism and needs to smarten up on the health properties of cannabis, Bearman says.