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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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Update, Rochelle’s fight against Cancer

Rochell Kupa, a Cancer patient using Cannabis oil
I was diagnosed at the end of November 2014 with terminal cancer. I had small cell lung cancer in my right lung and it had also gone into my liver and into some of the bones in my back. I was at first only given weeks to live. Then I was told that if chemo and radiation worked, I might have six months to a year. After completing conventional treatments I quickly went on to cannabis oil. I too...
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Stuff: Helen Kelly: ‘My back is broken and I only have months to live but I’m pain free

Tumours have broken Helen Kelly's back and she only has months to live but illegally taking cannabis means she's pain free.The former Council of Trade Unions president was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in February last year and was initially given about seven weeks to live."I am going to die very soon, there's no cure, it's grown like crazy."Almost 18 months later Kelly s...
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Shiree’s Story

At 18 I ruptured a lumbar disc, my life put on hold due to a spinal injury with no support from ACC. Twelve years later I had dealt with the pain for many years and it was a way of life, so I thought, prescribed tramadol, anti-flam’s , I hated them, I felt like a zombie, I was told by a doctor to look into alternative medicines, he knew my pain and he supported my natural trials. Green “weed” a dr...
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Support for medicinal cannabis growing among Grey Power groups and elderly

A Christchurch man dying of cancer fears he will have to become a criminal if he cannot legally access medicinal cannabis.The 63-year-old man, who only wanted to be known as Bill for fear of persecution, said he was convinced of the therapeutic benefits of cannabis for cancer sufferers."It makes you sleep better, it makes you eat better and when you reflect on your life, as a person in...
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I am still here, I am not getting worse, the big C cant have me!

Kia ora, my name is Rochelle Kupa and I have terminal cancer. My cancer is in my right lung, my liver and in some of my bones. I was diagnosed at the end of November 2014. In some ways it was a relief to find out what was wrong. For a long time now I have been a Secondary Teacher of English and Social Studies. So when I kept getting sick in 2013 and no real causes could be found, I put it d...
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Anna Osborne: Medical Cannabis is working for me

After a week of taking cannabis oil, cancer sufferer Anna Osborne is sleeping better and no longer has to take anti-nausea pills.Osborne is undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkins Lymphoma. She wants medical cannabis to be made more easily available.Sativex is the only available medicinal cannabis in New Zealand, but it requires ministerial approval before use.Osborne, whose husband, ...
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Sir Paul Holmes turned to Cannabis before his death: NZ Herald

The late broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes turned to Cannabis before his death, his widow has revealed.Lady Deborah Holmes said her husband was not a drug user but "in the final weeks it was the one thing that could give him peace and comfort".Sir Paul died age 62 in February 2013 after battling heart problems and the return of prostate cancer.His wife told Herald columnist Brian Rudman ...
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