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Medicinal marijuana: If it's effective Peter Dunne will back it

Currently 48 New Zealanders are legally allowed to use Sativex which contains cannabis derivatives and the Associate Health Minister supports such products.

"If those products are shown as a result of the normal testing programme to be fit for purpose then we will permit them to be made available in New Zealand," Peter Dunne says.

"I think fundamentally people have some real compassion for people who are suffering who could benefit from the medicinal properties of cannabis," Drug Foundation chief executive Ross Bell says.

The Government is currently reviewing national drug policy and laws and while Mr Dunne won't support legalising recreational use he is taking a wait and see approach on medicinal marijuana.

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