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BREAKING NEWS: First Patient in NZ Successfully funded for Sativex by DHB

A woman who may have otherwise died from her regular severe seizures has been granted approval for medical marijuana funding.Alisha Butt, 20, has the mentality of a toddler and is unable to speak.Her seizures had presented a huge problem for specialists who were unable to adequately treat her, leading to the possibility she could end up in a coma from one and die.But thanks to medicina...
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Family struggles to afford medicinal cannabis treatment

A Givealittle page has raised $27,000 to fund a Carterton girl's medicinal cannabis. Sativex is not Government-funded, and at just over $1000 a month it's too expensive for many patients. For nearly four years, 13-year-old Grace Yeats has been unable to walk and unable to talk. Auto-immune encephalitis has left her with uncontrollable muscle spasms. "So the spasms have very gradually forc...
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Family time extra special for Guests

It was an emotional and exciting time as Whangarei dad Brendan Guest held his daughter for the first time in a year.Wife Jessika Guest, daughter Jade and son Ethan have been living in Colorado since June last year, so 7-year-old Jade can access medical marijuana to treat the severe epilepsy which saw her having up to 40 seizures a day. But the decision meant Mr Guest had to remain in Whangarei...
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TVNZ Sunday: The Real Oil

In desperation Toni Marie Matich gave her little girl cannabis oil to combat seizures. Now shes decided to front up and be identified, and confess to breaking the law.  Source: http://tvnz.co.nz/sunday-news/real-oil-video-6380639 If you are located in NZ - you may view the video in high quality here: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/content/tvnz/ondemand/shows/s/sunday/2015/08-30.html  ...
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The Scientist – Are We Missing Something?

“The Scientist” is a documentary that traces the story of Nobel prize nominee Dr Raphael Mechoulam from his early days as a child of the Holocaust in Bulgaria, through his immigration to Israel, and his career as the chief investigator into the chemistry and biology of the world’s most misunderstood plant. Dr. Mechoulam ascertained that THC interacts with the largest receptor system in the human b...
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Family seeking cannabinoid spray prescription say many more could benefit

For 11 years, Jacinta Newport's daughter has been in pain.Sometimes in the hips, sometimes in her lower limbs, that pain, along with frequent visits to specialists, has been a constant, just like her cocktail of medicines and often terrible side effects."It's just affected her life on every level," Mrs Newport says.Her daughter, now 22, was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when she wa...
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‘Taxpayers should be happy I use medical marijuana’

Is it time to come out of the shadows and speak on this issue? I know thousands like me are scared to voice what they believe to be true, their own experiences reflecting what is already accepted the world over, that cannabis is a valid medicine with useful applications.When you spend years in chronic pain while suffering from seizures of unknown origin, high levels of inflammation and the chemi...
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Hope for Zoe in cannabis oil

Karen Jeffries of Rotorua is working hard to get a type of cannabis oil legalised to be able to treat 7-year-old daughter Zoe. The plan coincides with the treatment of Nelson teenager Alex Renton, who received a one-off dose of cannabidiol (CBD) product Elixinol after being in an induced coma in Wellington Hospital since April. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne last week approved the product, ...
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Jade no longer a ‘floppy noodle’ thanks to medical cannabis

For the first time in her life, 7-year-old Jade Guest is holding on to her mother, giggling, and smiling every day.It's all thanks to a controversial plant and a 7000-kilometre journey that's torn the Guest family apart.The pharmaceuticals Jade was being prescribed in New Zealand had turned her into a zombie, did little to stop her seizures and in some cases made them worse, her mother says....
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Should medicinal marijuana become more available in New Zealand?

Medicinal cannabis may become more readily available in New Zealand.That comes as a ONE News/Colmar Brunton poll shows more Kiwis are open to the idea of greater use of medicinal marijuana for health purposes.Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne is undertaking a review of the national drug policy and drug laws and says while there's been no relaxation of laws on recreational drug use, he's op...
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