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Guidelines for applying for medicinal cannabis barely touched following review

Terminally ill Helen Kelly says the Government has made her a "criminal" after a review of medicinal cannabis guidelines ended with little change.More than a year ago the former Council of Trade Unions boss was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and after trying a variety of different medications she resorted to cannabis for pain relief.Kelly continues to illegally source her own drugs af...
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Radio NZ: Kelly ‘back at square one’ in medical cannabis fight

Former union leader Helen Kelly says she is "right back at square one" in her bid to use legal cannabis to ease the effects of her terminal lung cancer.Ms Kelly - who was the president of the Council of Trade Unions - says the country's medicinal cannabis system does not work. Her application to use medical cannabis was turned down by the Ministry of Health earlier this month.The governmen...
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Helen Kelly denied medicinal cannabis

Trade unionist Helen Kelly says she's frustrated the Ministry of Health has turned down her application to use medical cannabis.Photo: RNZ / Alexander RobertsonMs Kelly stood down from her role as Council of Trade Unions president last year after she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.She applied to the ministry last month to use a cannabis oil product, which was available i...
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The patients asking for medicinal cannabis

Medicinal cannabis hit the headlines when dying union boss Helen Kelly revealed she was taking illegal cannabis to relieve pain. Thousands of other Kiwis say they need cannabis too. Jack Fletcher reports.Huhana Hickey has multiple sclerosis and has been in a wheelchair since 1996. She is in pain every day."I'm on tramadol, morphine, Paramax and codeine."The medicines she takes for her condit...
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Beehive on Developments in Medical Cannabis in Australia

Australian Developments in Medicinal Cannabis may have application to New Zealand.Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has noted with interest news from Australia today that Health Minister Susan Ley will introduce legislation that will allow for research and development of medicinal cannabis products at a federal level."While I have yet to see the detail of the proposal, from what I ...
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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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Medicinal marijuana: If it’s effective Peter Dunne will back it

Currently 48 New Zealanders are legally allowed to use Sativex which contains cannabis derivatives and the Associate Health Minister supports such products."If those products are shown as a result of the normal testing programme to be fit for purpose then we will permit them to be made available in New Zealand," Peter Dunne says."I think fundamentally people have some real compassion for peopl...
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