Pubdate: Mon, 04 Apr 2016
Source: New Zealand Herald (New Zealand)
Copyright: 2016 New Zealand Herald
Author: Bill Keir


The excited front-page report on medicinal cannabis ( Weekend Herald 
April 2) made no attempt to discuss how medicinal cannabis is best 
administered. This is a crucial aspect on which to inform the public 
about any medicine. Readers might assume you are promoting its 
administration via smoking.

Smoking is the least appropriate way to take it for medical use 
because there is no control over dosage or purity, and the tar in 
cannabis smoke is just as dangerous to lung health as the tar in tobacco smoke.

We should not confuse the debate about legalising cannabis for 
medical use with the debate about legalising it for recreational smoking.

Bill Keir, Hokianga.
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