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Monday, 18 December 2000


HEALTH VISITORS QUIZZED ON CANNABIS LEGALISATION

Health visitors and community nurses are being asked for their views on whether cannabis should be legalised for medical reasons.

The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association is canvassing the views of its 18,000 members, following the recent furore over cannabis at the Conservative Party conference.

The CPHVA’s Lead Professional Officer, Obi Amadi said: "At present, the CPHVA has no policy on the possible legalisation of cannabis. However, it looks as if it will become an issue at the forthcoming General Election, so we need to formulate a view."

The CPHVA’s move comes following reports that the class B controlled drug will be made available to the terminally ill. It has been claimed that cannabis could provide relief for those suffering from multiple sclerosis or cancer.

Ms Amadi called for "a sensible rational discussion over cannabis use for patients with health problems. A common sense solution needs to be reached and some of the myths need to be dispelled. We are keen to know what our members’ views are."

Future options about the legal status of the drug include: zero tolerance, the status quo, use being restricted to those with medical conditions, decriminalsiation, and the legislation and state control of cannabis.

CPHVA members can email their views to or write to Ms Amadi at CPHVA, 40 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UD.

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

For further information, please contact:

Obi Amadi ( 07780 955936

Shaun Noble Press Officer - (020) 7939 7043

mobile - 0468 69 39 40

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA web site: www.msfcphva.org

The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance union. The CPHVA represents 18,000 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


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