This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission.
The Medical Association (NZMA) says it did not consult with members before taking its stance opposing cannabis legalisation.
It confirmed what doctors have been telling RNZ, including members of the association’s board, that the NZMA stance is not necessarily that of its members.
Senior figures at the association have since asked if members could be sent a rapid survey to clarify what the NZMA position should be.
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They are concerned that the association is not representing the views of its members, and may need to clarify its position.
But the association chair, Dr Kate Baddock, said she has not received that request, and it is too late anyway.