In January Helen Kelly wrote a powerful post on her use of medical cannabis.
In February her application to legally access cannabis for medical purposes was rejected. Peter Dunne should have showed more initiative, but to his credit at least he initiated a review of the guidelines that led him to reject Kelly’s application.
To many of us this issue seems like a no-brainer – give people in desperate need access to medication that helps them. As Manhire and Morris put it – why isn’t medical marijuana a shoe in? As usual the problem is political timidity – Bryce Edwards has a roundup of the issues here.
With Martin Crowe’s sad death we now learn that he too was self-medicating with liquid cannabis. How many other Kiwis have managed, or are currently secretly managing their pain in the same way? It’s ridiculous, and the time for political timidity is past. The current review should be expedited, and it should reach the obvious conclusion – make cannabis legally available for medical purposes.