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MCANZ Press Release: Referendum DOES give better access for Medical users.

Last night it was reported on One News that more than 30 complaints were being made to the advertising standards authority on the Drug Foundations new campaign in support of the referendum. The main issue covered was that the adverts implied that adult use legalization would improve access for patients. "It's Rubbish, you know, It is a completely misleading statement," said NZMA Chair Kate Baddo...
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MCANZ Press Release. Patients to Challenge ACC over Medical Cannabis Funding

MCANZ has resolved to take the fight to ACC for funding Medical Cannabis, due to persistent refusals experienced in the patient community even when patients have exhausted all other treatments, or the clinical response of patients using Medical Cannabis has far exceeded standard treatments.As recently as January this year it seemed as if progress was being made, with a significant win for ...
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MCANZ Press Release: MCANZ Joins Health Not Handcuffs to Campaign for the Yes Vote in the Cannabis Referendum

Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand (MCANZ) is proud to announce that it is joining forces with Health Not Handcuffs in advance of the 2020 referendum in September.MCANZ is the only registered charity in New Zealand focused on helping real patients get access to medical cannabis through legal means.  Our mission is to facilitate and promote the re-introduction of medicinal cannabis (MC) pro...
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MCANZ Press Release: New Medical Cannabis Regulations “Bittersweet”

PRESS RELEASE:  Unveiling of Medical Cannabis regulations "Bittersweet" Today, the Medical Cannabis Regulations have been released, the reaction from patients has been mixed, with some excellent gains made around prescribers and access pathways, leaving the patients uphill battle for access squarely as a socio-economic issue.Prescribing Unleashed "The unleashing of GP Prescribing for is a gr...
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DIPG, Elyse Defying the odds, nearly 4 years and going strong.

Article by Casey Johnson, Mother to Elyse, a follow up to this earlier post from 2018Hi my name is Casey. I’m a wife and mother to two children, Blake 9yrs and Elyse 6yrs.We had a perfect life that was soon to be shattered. I’ll tell you a bit about our story.The past 3 years 8 months have proven to be some of the hardest yet greatest and most rewarding moments of my life.Elyse, my...
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MCANZ Press Release, Medicinal Cannabis Supplies in NZ Depleted

For the second time in as many months, medicinal cannabis supplies in New Zealand have been depleted. 2 of the main Cannabidiol (CBD) products generally available in New Zealand are out of stock. Neither of the products are expected to have stock until the end of November at the earliest. These products are from different sources, with both Swiss and Canadian products affected.This shows the p...
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MCANZ Press Release: Affordability needs addressing directly.

With the government's Medical Cannabis Scheme document out for consultation, Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ has undertaken an independent study of medicinal cannabis users. MCANZ, a charity which focuses on promoting access, supporting patients and providing education to the Medical profession, has received over 2,800 responses.Among the key interim findings is that one-third of medical users g...
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MCANZ Press Release: Battle lines are drawn as Medical Cannabis prescribing restrictions universally derided

With the release of the Medical Cannabis Consultation paper, the most immediate contentious issue is prescribing.The Ministry's preferred solution is for GPs to prescribe unconsented/off-label only with the support of a specialist. This conflicts with the fact that those that are vocationally registered as GPs are considered specialists in General Practice. Various groups have expressed oppo...
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MCANZ Press release: Significant delays in developing the Medical Cannabis scheme

Public consultation on Medicinal Cannabis is not due until some point in July after multiple delays in the scheduling. Early OIA  requests showed the initial date was planned for the 22nd April, putting the scheme 3 months behind, with 6 months to go.The Labour party election promise was to legalise within 100 days of assuming office, after assuming power, it vowed to Introduce legislation wit...
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