Medical Information re Harms of Cannabis

Gregory Soar made this Official Information request to Minister for the Environment

The request was successful.

From: Gregory Soar

Dear Minister Nick Smith,

You recently made the following comments as reported by the media:

" I am a conservative on cannabis because of the very strong medical evidence and studies like the Dunedin longitudinal research, which shows the huge damage that the drug does to peoples well being and health".

Because of your influential position it is important we do not exaggerate or misrepresent the facts in regard medicinal use of cannabis. As a patient scripted cannabis product in New Zealand I wonder what these harms your refer to are if serious enough to prevent medical gains.

With this in mind:
1. Please supply the cannabis informations you have that lead you to make your statement as above and hold the view you do in regard medicinal cannabis.

Again, as the recipeint of a cannabis based medicine, I am concerned about the harms you refer to in your recent public comments and wish to ensure I am as fully informed as possible. I also believe our public representatives should be able to account for statements publicly made.

I look forward to your response

Yours faithfully,

Gregory Soar

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From: N Smith

On behalf of the Hon Dr Nick Smith, thank you for your email. Our office
receives hundreds of emails each week on Environment, Building and Housing
and Nelson issues.


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Kind regards


Office of Hon Dr Nick Smith


Hon Dr Nick Smith

MP for Nelson

Minister for the Environment

Minister for Building and Housing



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Dear Mr Soar,


On behalf of Hon Dr Nick Smith, please find attached a response to your
OIA request of July 2 2016.


Kindest regards,


K McGillivray | Office of Hon Dr Nick Smith

Minister for Building and Housing | Minister for the Environment | MP for



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