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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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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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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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Terminally ill man who grew cannabis for pain relief is sent …

Terminally ill man who grew cannabis for pain relief is sentenced in court HANNAH MCLEOD Last updated 18:11, January 10 2017 STEVE DIPAOLA/REUTERS Police found seven mature cannabis plants inside the terminally ill man's garage. Two men who grew cannabis for their own "medicinal" use have been sentenced in the Invercargill District Court. Daniel Joseph Butler, 60, and Paul Ja...
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Stuff: First Kiwi approved for new cheaper medicinal cannabi …

  An Auckland woman with multiple sclerosis is set to become a "guinea pig" for a new medicinal cannabis extract. Dr Huhana Hickey is the first person in the country to receive approval for Tilray, which was recently cleared for use by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne. Tilray could be around half the price of Sativex, which until now has been the only cannabis product approv...
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