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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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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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