NZ Herald 16 April 2016
New Zealand’s first medical cannabis charity has been launched.
Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand (MCANZ) launched today, and will raise funds and advocate for access to medical cannabis products for patients who may benefit from it.
Around 70 New Zealanders have been granted approval to use medical cannabis spray Sativex but most patients must fund the $1000-a-month prescription cost themselves.
MCANZ said the cost is “a huge barrier” and many more could benefit from the product if it was more affordable.
The registered charity cannot advocate for any specific law changes but said it will work on behalf of patients to raise money and awareness about the benefits of medical cannabis. It will initially raise funds for 10 patients.
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