‘An illness knows no boundary’ – Kiwi mum calls for medicinal cannabis trials to start
OneNews Now 31 August 2015
Hawke’s Bay mother-of-five Tonie Matich will hold a symposium in March next year in Wellington, calling for trials over the use of medicinal cannabis to start.
She has the backing of Children’s Commissioner Russel Wills, the NZ Drug Foundation and associate health minister Peter Dunne in her mission, who believe medicinal cannabis should be legalised in New Zealand to treat illnesses.
“It has to be done properly. This isn’t a cure-all,” Ms Matich says.
Ms Matich says her journey to raise awareness of medicinal cannabis use, while looking after her daughter who has a rare from of epilepsy, has been exhausting and frustrating.
“I’ve been advocating and working very quietly in the medical and political sector for four years now,” she told TVNZ’s Breakfast programme this morning.
“There are thousands of Kiwis who want access and have exhausted every other option. With respect to New Zealand, an illness knows no boundary.”