Investigation into Medicinal Cannabis

Shane Le Brun made this Official Information request to Ministry of Health

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From: Shane Le Brun

Dear Ministry of Health,

I request information on an internal review of the case for medicinal cannabis that has occurred. I do not know when it has happened though I suspect the second half of 2014, but as stated in News Articles ( )
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne Briefed the CEO of the New Zealand Drug Foundation on the findings of this investigation in January 2015.

Could I please have an electronic copy of any summaries, presentations etc that were presented to the Minister of Health and or the Associate Ministers of Health on the issue of medicinal cannabis.

Could I also know if there was any criteria for scientific evidence such as studies to be included or excluded from consideration when reviewing this topic, and what the criteria was.

Could I also have a list of what evidence was included for consideration when investigating the issue.

This is in the public interest as the information supplied to the Associate Minister of Health seems counter to recent trends in the developed world, including Australia, and the New Zealand Drug Foundation has publicly queried whether the information compiled is considered current or is in fact obsolete due to recent rapid advancements in the field of Medical applications for Cannabinoids.

Yours faithfully,

Shane Le Brun

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Ministry of Health

Dear Shane

Thank you for your request for official information, received by the
Ministry of Health on 11 March 2015.

Your request has been received and logged.  As required under the Official
Information Act 1982, the Ministry will respond to your request within 20
working days.  You should receive a response on or before 10 April 2015.

If a large amount of information has been requested or if the Ministry
needs to consult in order to make a decision, we may need to extend this
date (this is provided for in section 15A of the Act).  We will advise you
if such an extension is necessary.

The Ministry's reference number for your request is: H201500855

Yours sincerely
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Hello Mr Le Brun

Please find attached below the response to your Official Information Act
request about medicinal cannabis.

Thank you.


Sharon Smith
Group Administrator
Sector & Services Policy
Ministry of Health
DDI: 04 496 2184
Fax: 04 460 4791

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