No consensus on medicinal marijuana bill
The medical innovation bill was introduced by the late IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini.
JOHANNESBURG - The Medical Research Council says it cannot support a bill providing for the use of dagga for medical purposes in its present form.
The Medical Innovation Bill was introduced by the late IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, who made use of cannabis oil while suffering from end-stage lung cancer.
Before he died, Oriani-Ambrosini pleaded with President Jacob Zuma and Parliament that cannabis be allowed to be used to ease suffering.
Professor Charles Parry has told Parliament's Health Portfolio Committee that there's evidence cannabis helps with pain, nausea caused by chemotherapy, and may have anti-cancer properties.
But he says all evidence needs to be considered before medical cannabis is approved.
"We believe the medical research council should take a further role in coordinating further research and clinical trials on the use of medical cannabis, broadly looking at innovative aspects, looking at the use of cannabis for palliative care and for treatment."