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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    NEW ZEALAND - Executive director Ross Bell said the science around cannabis was getting stronger and he did not think medical professionals who oppose its use were up to date.

    Mr Bell said their scepticism was driven by an underlying fear of the drug because it had been illegal for so long. He said medical professionals were generally quite conservative and did not want to be seen as soft on drugs. Mr Bell also said medical specialists were reluctant to put in applications supporting medicinal cannabis to the Health Minister.

    The Medical Association's deputy chair, Dr Kate Baddock, said GPs were educated in all areas and the idea that doctors were fearful of cannabis was nonsense. She said more clinical trials needed to be done in the field as there was not enough evidence of its benefits.

    Radio New Zealand News/Oct. 13, 2015
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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    I always known and and feared this, but it's good to at read anyway.

    Why, oh, why do trained and skilled doctors--people whose entire work histories and interests involve researching and asking intelligent questions after doing so--fall prey to the same uneducated prejudice just as easily as as unskilled lay-persons?

    I am sure that if anonymously polled doctors around the world would admit to the same irrational fear that these physicians in New Zealand are referring to.
  2. Waiting For The Fall
    How many years will go by with doctors and others claiming more clinical trials need to be done? The over 2,000 reports of marijuana research already available are there--if they only want to look for them. But to leave the comfort zone where all of the cannabis myths remain is apparently too much to ask for.

    Governments and doctors will one day find they were on the wrong side of history for the last almost one hundred years.
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