Seriously – what are we waiting for?
Helen Kelly says Government needs to get real about medicinal cannabis
The Government needs to get real about better access to medicinal cannabis for Kiwis, says terminally ill Council of Trade Unions (CTU) president Helen Kelly. “I’ve tried (cannabis oil). I’m not promoting it as a curative but as a pain relief it’s incredibly effective for me and it doesn’t make me feel sick, which morphine does.”
After exhausting all legal pain reliefs Kelly resorted to the black market for cannabis oil but says she didn’t like putting people in that position to help her. “It just seems absolutely insane that I’ve got no idea what I’m taking, how much I should take or how it’s manufactured – it’s crazy.”
Prime Minister John Key has previously said he wouldn’t support a parliamentary debate on broadening access to medicinal cannabis because there are alternatives available.
Kelly said there were plenty of other countries saying medicinal cannabis was useful for pain relief and New Zealand needed to “stop being a fishing village”. …