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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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The Costs of Cannabis – Food vs Pharmaceutical grade.

One of the key barriers to improved access to Cannabis Based Products in the current framework is cost.  Sativex, available on-label for MS, has less than 12 people using it in NZ for that purpose, out of a patient population of 3000+ where trials demonstrate that a little over 40% of medium to severe patients gain sustained clinical benefit, there are hundreds of patients with this one condit...
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Half of cancer patients using cannabis, say doctors

It's a highly charged issue, and when it comes to medicinal cannabis, New Zealand - like many countries - is grappling with what to do about it.Users have reported dramatic health benefits, and now some oncologists have told The Nation between 40 and 60 percent of their patients use it.And support for its decriminalisation is coming from some unlikely quarters - such as Grey Power.So r...
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Nelson lawyer Sue Grey takes government to High Court over cannabidiol

NINA HINDMARSHLast updated 07:49, January 21 2017Sick New Zealanders might not need to jump through so many hoops to obtain some cannabis-based medicines if a Nelson lawyer wins her battle against the Government.Sue Grey says she has the backing of a leading government scientist who says CBD based medicines should not be restricted because CBD isn't covered under the Misuse of Drug...
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Terminally ill man who grew cannabis for pain relief is sentenced in court

Terminally ill man who grew cannabis for pain relief is sentenced in courtHANNAH MCLEODLast updated 18:11, January 10 2017STEVE DIPAOLA/REUTERSPolice found seven mature cannabis plants inside the terminally ill man's garage.Two men who grew cannabis for their own "medicinal" use have been sentenced in the Invercargill District Court.Daniel Joseph Butler, 60, and Paul Ja...
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Stuff: First Kiwi approved for new cheaper medicinal cannabis treatment

 An Auckland woman with multiple sclerosis is set to become a "guinea pig" for a new medicinal cannabis extract.Dr Huhana Hickey is the first person in the country to receive approval for Tilray, which was recently cleared for use by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne.Tilray could be around half the price of Sativex, which until now has been the only cannabis product approv...
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Submissions for Rose Rentons Petition.

Following on from Rose's successful petition, which heralded an unprecedented amount of signatures for a Cannabis Law Reform petition, the health select committee is going to be formally asking for submissions, so its time to get cracking!We realize that not everyone is in a position to write their own submissions, due to disabilities and the inability to concentrate due to medications etc...
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TVNZ: ‘Good news’ – Minister signs off on new medical marijuana product for multiple sclerosis patient

There's been a victory for a group of medical marijuana campAssociate Health Minister Peter Dunne has signed off a new product for a patient who has multiple sclerosis and there is hope that the rare decision will open the door for others.Doctor Huhana Hickey lives with multiple sclerosis and has been using Sativex to help cope with the pain.It is the only readily available...
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Helen Kelly: A leader who inspired and well respected

Helen Kelly was a leader who inspired love and respect. I am one of the many who knew her but was not in her inner circle.However, we had a connection that goes back to a unique childhood.Our childhood on the political left in Wellington was steeped in activism for workers' rights and social justice, and marked our lives in different ways.Some of the children of that sub-culture be...
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