Premier: Gov’t supports medical uses for cannabis oil

Premier Alden McLaughlin has instructed government lawyers to draft legislation allowing local doctors to prescribe cannabis oil, which is derived from the marijuana plant, for medical purposes.

Mr. McLaughlin said Monday during his speech to the Legislative Assembly on the government’s policy initiatives over the next year in office, that the administration had “carefully considered” the merits and drawbacks of using the cannabis derivative.

“Government is persuaded that it is better to favor hope and compassion over fear,” he said.

The premier cautioned that his proposal did not amount to acceptance or legalization of cannabis use for recreational purposes. He said the oils that can be gleaned from the cannabis plant have been used in medical trials to treat cancer patients.

He said he did not support the use of the cannabis plant itself for medical or other uses.

However, the premier said, “time was of the essence” in some cases

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