Cannabis referendum: NZMA leaders explain stance after rowPosted by On

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) says it has no position on the cannabis referendum, after coming under fire from its membership for opposing legalisation.

Association chair Dr Kate Baddock apologised to doctors who felt their views weren’t listened to, and said they were all free to make their own choices in a letter published in NZ Doctor.

It came after a number of doctors spoke in support of proposals to legalise the recreational use of cannabis, with a wide range of views held by the association’s members.

But the NZMA has said it opposes legalisation since 2012, as cannabis causes a range of health and social harms.

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Instead, the association calls for initiatives to reduce the social inequalities that increase the risk of harm from…

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