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Doctors now able to prescribe cannabidiol

The mother of the first New Zealander to be granted an exemption to use medicinal cannabis says a decision to allow doctors to prescribe cannabidiol without Ministry of Health approval is a "great day for New Zealand medicine". The government is lifting restrictions on cannabidiol (CBD), a substance found in cannabis with potential therapeutic value and little or no psychoactive properties....
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The Costs of Cannabis – Food vs Pharmaceutical grade.

One of the key barriers to improved access to Cannabis Based Products in the current framework is cost.  Sativex, available on-label for MS, has less than 12 people using it in NZ for that purpose, out of a patient population of 3000+ where trials demonstrate that a little over 40% of medium to severe patients gain sustained clinical benefit, there are hundreds of patients with this one condit...
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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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Government Confirms Medical Cannabis Change

                  By Isaac Davison Patients seeking medical cannabis for pain relief will no longer need approval from a minister, the Government confirmed this morning. As of today, the responsibility for approving applications has been delegated to the Ministry of Health. Associate Health Minister Peter ...
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Nelson lawyer Sue Grey takes government to High Court over c …

NINA HINDMARSH Last updated 07:49, January 21 2017 Sick New Zealanders might not need to jump through so many hoops to obtain some cannabis-based medicines if a Nelson lawyer wins her battle against the Government. Sue Grey says she has the backing of a leading government scientist who says CBD based medicines should not be restricted because CBD isn't covered under the Misuse of Drug...
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Submissions for Rose Rentons Petition.

Following on from Rose's successful petition, which heralded an unprecedented amount of signatures for a Cannabis Law Reform petition, the health select committee is going to be formally asking for submissions, so its time to get cracking! We realize that not everyone is in a position to write their own submissions, due to disabilities and the inability to concentrate due to medications etc...
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TVNZ: ‘Good news’ – Minister signs off on …

There's been a victory for a group of medical marijuana camp Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has signed off a new product for a patient who has multiple sclerosis and there is hope that the rare decision will open the door for others. Doctor Huhana Hickey lives with multiple sclerosis and has been using Sativex to help cope with the pain. It is the only readily available...
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Helen Kelly: A leader who inspired and well respected

Helen Kelly was a leader who inspired love and respect. I am one of the many who knew her but was not in her inner circle. However, we had a connection that goes back to a unique childhood. Our childhood on the political left in Wellington was steeped in activism for workers' rights and social justice, and marked our lives in different ways. Some of the children of that sub-culture be...
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Rotorua businesses help fundraise for medicinal cannabis cau …

Rotorua businesses have raised their hands to help fundraise for medicinal cannabis. Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand (MCANZ) is currently doing a fundraising campaign called #MC410 for legal cannabis treatments for people in a similar situation to Zoe Jefferies, a young Rotorua girl who is responding well to Sativex for her epilepsy. Sativex is a Ministry of Health-approved cannabis o...
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MCANZ registered for Spark Payroll Giving

Spark Foundation payroll giving
We are pleased to say that Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand is now set up for Payroll Giving.   The Spark Foundation launched in July 2011 and one of their principles is to encourage generosity through theur Payroll Giving program. This program enables Spark employees to nominate an amount to be deducted from their salary as a one-off or an on-going donation to a registered charit...
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