Press Release: Shane Reti’s Private Members Bill a giant …

This afternoon the National Party has announced their own take on Medical Cannabis, with significant detail that has been left out of the Labour bill. “As a natural pessimist, I am surprised that any form of card system would fly with the National Caucus” “The inclusion of a card access system at pharmacies is a masterstroke, with patient choice preserved, and the input of medical profession...
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DIPG, Elyse Defying the odds.

Article by Casey Johnson, Mother to Elyse. Our daughter Elyse who is now four years old, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumour called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) on April 9th 2016 just over 2 years old. This tumor has a very low survival rate with less than 1% of its victims beating the odds. It predominantly affects children and most pass away within 3-9 mont...
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The Grass Might Be Greener: Medical Marijuana Patients Exhib …

Abstract The vast majority of states have enacted full or partial medical marijuana (MMJ) programs, causing the number of patients seeking certification for MMJ use to increase dramatically in recent years. Despite increased use of MMJ across the nation, no studies thus far have examined the specific impact of MMJ on cognitive function and related brain activation. In the present study, MMJ pat...
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Medical cannabis policy released for NZ

  Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand is today releasing a health policy document which it wants government to enact into law. The policy contains elements of recent bills from Labour and Chloe Swarbrick, but is more detailed and fairer than both. The policy includes: • A compromise solution that permits patients to grow their own cannabis in limited circumstances when lice...
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An open Letter to the Political and Medical Profession.

Dear Politicians, Parliamentarians, Health Providers, Doctors and Nurses Approximately 5 years ago, at the age of 45, I was diagnosed with a rare, untreatable, incurable auto immune disease that was attacking my kidneys and I was told take these medications for pain relief, these medications to slow down the protein leaking into your system, and these pills to control your blood pressure and inje...
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Well-known Nelson ‘Green Fairy’ faces prosecutio …

Another well known “Green Fairy” is due to appear in the Nelson District Court today charged with offences relating to cannabis. Medicinal cannabis advocate Rose Renton faces charges in the Nelson District Court today of growing medicinal (high CBD) strains of Cannabis and making (high CBD) products for hospice patients and others with chronic pain. Rose Renton pres...
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My experiences with Tilray so far – Dr Huhana Hickey

  While I began my journey middle of 2016 to switch from Sativex to Tilray, it was not until February 2017 I was able to begin using it. Initially, I couldn’t see how three mls of the Tilray oil daily was going to help. I wondered if the switch would be any use and I was nervous about the pain returning.  Fortunately It worked almost immediately, and yet it was subtle. I just suddenly noti...
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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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