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Northern Advocate: City Grey Power backs neighbours in push to legalise medicinal cannabis

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Whangarei's Grey Power federation has voted to support a push by a fellow Northland federation to legalise medicinal cannabis and says it's not being naive in making the decision.In April the Otamatea Grey Power federation put its weight behind the legalise medicinal marijuana movement, saying they want to have the choice of dying pain-free. Otamatea Grey Power president Beverley Aldridge,...
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Newstalk ZB: Pharmac turns down funding cover for Sativex

Pharmac is being left to make the final call on how a young woman suffering life threatening seizures can access medication.Sushila Butt has petitioned Parliament over treatment for her 21 year old daughter and her ability to access the cannabinoid medication known as Sativex.The Butt family can't afford the medication and has applied to Pharmac for funding to cover its cost - a move s...
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Patients call for cannabis

A Northland family believe a lack of funding for medicinal marijuana is preventing people from applying for permission to use the drug.The Ministry of Health has received just eight applications to use medicinal cannabis in Northland over the past three years - and authorised seven of them.All applications were for the pharmaceutical grade product Sativex.Kaitaia woman Alisha Butt ...
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Rose Renton starts petition to counter ‘impossible criteria’ on medicinal cannabis

Medicinal cannabis campaigner Rose Renton has started a new petition calling on the government to make cannabis-based medications available in New Zealand without delay.The petition, which launches on Tuesday, urges "reform of the law to allow access to quality, affordable cannabis in New Zealand for medical use" and says current efforts to regulate access to pharmaceutical-grade cannabis prod...
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Sativex funding petition delivered today.

Today Sushila Butt delivered a petition to David Clendon, Green MP for Kaitaia, with 6125 signatures on it.  The petition was for the funding of Sativex for MS and also for life threatening seizures.  Sushila Butt conducted this petition upon experiencing a terrific turn around in her daughters seizures, where her life was at serious risk, but with a low dose of Sativex ( 5 sprays a day) her s...
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Funding Sativex, The case of Alisha and potential Govt Savings.

Alisha Butt is a young adult who is intellectually disabled due to a chromosomal abnormality, and is also plagued by a severe and life threatening form of epilepsy. Her mother Sushila Butt has exhausted all available options to treat her daughter, even getting an approval for Sativex itself suggests that Alisha was running out of options.Initially a generous member of the...
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