In assessing their potential medical benefits, it is important to differentiate between unprocessed or raw cannabis and cannabinoids contained in pharmaceutical products.
This was the position expressed by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health in a joint statement issued on Tuesday (12 February), which sought to clarify the government’s position on cannabinoids.
Found in the cannabis plant, cannabinoids are chemical compounds which can be medically administered through products such as oral solutions and sprays.
“Our drug control policies are underpinned by evidence and research… Cannabis is clearly addictive and harmful, and there is no scientific evidence of the safety and efficacy of raw cannabis use. This supports our position that cannabis should remain an illicit drug,” said the statement.
“At the same