Political momentum growing for legalising medicinal cannabis – advocate

By October 13, 2016 Recent News

NewsTalk ZB 12 October 2016
The mother of the first person to get approval to use medicinal cannabis in New Zealand has made an emotional plea to Parliament, for it to be made more easily available.

Nelson mother Rose Renton has presented a 17,000 signature petition to Labour MP Damien O’Connor on Parliament’s front steps.

Renton’s son, Alex, was given approval to use medicinal cannabis to treat seizures before his death last July, in a ground-breaking case that drew national attention to the issue.

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei, who was once a candidate for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, said claims that police gave a blind eye to medicinal cannabis users were false.

“You will have heard people say ‘Nobody goes to jail’. Actually, there are many cases.”

The mouth spray Sativex is currently the only form of medicinal cannabis currently available in New Zealand, but is not funded by Pharmac and costs about $1300 a month.

Prescriptions are approved by the Ministry of Health. Other products must be approved by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne.
READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/health/political-momentum-growing-for-legalising-cannabis-says-advocate/

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