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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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#MC410 Sativex for Paige

Paige was the first child in New Zealand to legally access a Cannabis Based product, in this case Sativex.  There was much media coverage at the time with the family featuring on Sunday, Newspapers etc.  She was only 11 years old when she started on Sativex, and she has been on it ever since.Paige is now 13 years old,  her initial diagnosis with Dravets syndrome was when she was just two y...
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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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TVNZ – Commisioner calls for Medicinal Cannabis Trials.

Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills says New Zealand should be trialling medicinal cannabis for children.His comments come as an eleven-year-old girl becomes the first New Zealand child to be prescribed medicinal cannabis extract, called Sativex.The girl, Paige, has Dravet Syndrome, a rare but lethal form of epilepsy.Parents Brent and Kelly say their daughter suffered up to fiftee...
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