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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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The status of CBD in New Zealand

Late last year, Cannabidiol, or CBD for short was removed from the Misuse of Drugs Act as a schedule B drug.  This change had little practical changes for patients because Peter Dunne had removed a lot of Class Brequirements for CBD previously (he didn't seem to have authority to push through a full and proper descheduling). The key difference between CBD and other Cannabis products is tha...
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MCANZ Press release: Leaked email reveals World Health Organisation Recommends Rescheduling Cannabis

Late last year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) held the 41st meeting of the Expert Committee of Drug Dependence (ECDD). This was a historic meeting as it was the first review of Cannabis scheduling in international treaties since before the existence of the UN or WHO.After a delay in reporting the results due to suspected political pressure, an internal letter to the UN Secretary-Gene...
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Press release: Patients express concern around the definition of palliative expressed in the SOPs

MCANZ has been inundated with concern over the artificially narrow definition of palliation in the SOPs put forward late Monday on the Medical Cannabis Bill. There are 2 key phrases that narrow the definition to exclude those who may be considered palliative in Generic terms. The bill defines palliation as such"a person requires palliation if, in the opinion of a medical practitioner or n...
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Press Release: Shane Reti’s Private Members Bill a giant step forward for National on Medical Cannabis.

This afternoon the National Party has announced their own take on Medical Cannabis, with significant detail that has been left out of the Labour bill.“As a natural pessimist, I am surprised that any form of card system would fly with the National Caucus”“The inclusion of a card access system at pharmacies is a masterstroke, with patient choice preserved, and the input of medical profession...
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Medical cannabis policy released for NZ

 Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand is today releasing a health policy document which it wants government to enact into law.The policy contains elements of recent bills from Labour and Chloe Swarbrick, but is more detailed and fairer than both.The policy includes:• A compromise solution that permits patients to grow their own cannabis in limited circumstances when lice...
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Well-known Nelson ‘Green Fairy’ faces prosecution

Another well known “Green Fairy” is due to appear in the Nelson District Court today charged with offences relating to cannabis.Medicinal cannabis advocate Rose Renton faces charges in the Nelson District Court today of growing medicinal (high CBD) strains of Cannabis and making (high CBD) products for hospice patients and others with chronic pain.Rose Renton pres...
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My experiences with Tilray so far – Dr Huhana Hickey

 While I began my journey middle of 2016 to switch from Sativex to Tilray, it was not until February 2017 I was able to begin using it. Initially, I couldn’t see how three mls of the Tilray oil daily was going to help. I wondered if the switch would be any use and I was nervous about the pain returning.  Fortunately It worked almost immediately, and yet it was subtle. I just suddenly noti...
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Doctors now able to prescribe cannabidiol

The mother of the first New Zealander to be granted an exemption to use medicinal cannabis says a decision to allow doctors to prescribe cannabidiol without Ministry of Health approval is a "great day for New Zealand medicine".The government is lifting restrictions on cannabidiol (CBD), a substance found in cannabis with potential therapeutic value and little or no psychoactive properties....
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