There have been, it's important to note, journalists who have done really important work in reporting this story in the past couple of year
Including your good self. Well done on seeing it through.
Has there ever been doubt that Melissa Lee is a moron?
It's almost enough to make you doubt the good faith of the Taxpayers' Union.
Comedy gold right there. You should try for that slot.
Who the fecking hell are the Taxpayers Union?
David Farrar, Jordan Williams and the usual suspects of dirty politics. They exist to raise phantom causes that National MPs can then cite and say "Look! There is Real Concern(tm) out there!"
Quite why the media gives them the time of day is beyond me, though, although the political editor at the Herald, Audrey "my father was a National MP and so's my brother" Young's angle is easy to see from the dross that gets printed there.
An interesting study about the use of cannabis products for relieving chronic pain. I don't think it quite says what the Sydney Morning Herald thinks it does. The full report is available from the Cochrane link.
TL;DR Study says
The potential benefits of cannabis-based medicine (herbal cannabis, plant-derived or synthetic THC, THC/CBD oromucosal spray) in chronic neuropathic pain might be outweighed by their potential harms. The quality of evidence for pain relief outcomes reflects the exclusion of participants with a history of substance abuse and other significant comorbidities from the studies, together with their small sample sizes.
but that cannabis products performed higher than placebos.
The SMH says
Cannabis' medical benefits have suffered a serious blow, with a major study finding it does almost nothing to help people with chronic pain.
The study, one of the largest and most in depth ever done on the drug’s medical use, found cannabis does not cut pain, nor does it help sufferers replace opioids. And users seem to suffer higher levels of anxiety overall.
One of these things is not like the other.
That's awesome. I spent literal days at a time as a teen painting my Chaos Eldar army.
BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!
Blood and souls for my Lord Arioch!
The question I’m unsure about is who benefits?
Yup. Exactly right.
The world is just a little bit darker today.
Yes. It's one reason I left the public service after National got in. Their weaselly VFM bullshit gave a licence to every closet arsehole in the public sector. Tone comes from the top, but its the front line who let it happen.
I, too, was very pleased to have got out in 2005. Labour's third term wasn't a lot of fun and I could see the Nats getting in for an extended period. Time to jump.