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WIRE: In New Zealand, 5 percent of citizens use cannabis for therapeutic purposes

Wellington, New Zealand — One in 20 New Zealand citizens acknowledge having used cannabis for therapeutic purposes over the past year, according to an analysis of nationwide health survey data published in the New Zealand Medical Journal.

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Respondents were most likely to acknowledge using cannabis to mitigate symptoms of pain, anxiety, depression, and nausea.

The possession and use of cannabis, including its medicinal use, is criminalized in New Zealand.

For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, “New Zealand Health Survey 2012/13: characteristics of medicinal cannabis users,” appears in the New Zealand Medical Journal.

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