Mum hopes cannabis poll helps

By August 17, 2016 Recent News

NZ Herald 17 August 2016
Carterton mother Tracy Yeats hopes the Government will take notice of a survey which shows overwhelming support for the legalisation and decriminalisation of cannabis for medicinal use.

Mrs Yeats’ daughter Grace, 14, has shown significant improvements in her health since she began taking Sativex, a cannabis-based spray, eight months ago.

She has a rare condition, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or Adem, which robbed her of speech and movement four years ago.

The then 10-year-old Saint Mary’s schoolgirl was left cognitively unimpaired but unable to walk, talk, eat or sit.

The survey, commissioned by the New Zealand Drug Foundation, revealed 82 per cent of the 1029 participants supported cannabis for terminal pain relief, and 79 per cent for pain relief.

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