Doc­tors of­fered

A new course teaches health pro­fes­sion­als how to pre­scribe cannabis, writes Craig Hoyle.

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DOC­TORS are to get schooled in medic­i­nal cannabis.

Auck­land high school teacher Tadhg Stop­ford has de­vel­oped the pro­gramme – the first of its kind in New Zealand – to pro­vide gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers with ba­sic back­ground knowl­edge of the drug’s med­i­cal po­ten­tial.

‘‘Un­der­stand­ing within the pro­fes­sion is very low at this point in time, and there’s also a tremen­dous amount of un­con­scious bias,’’ he said.

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