Why we need to support Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, May 8th, 2016 - 24 comments
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A new charity has been set up to use GiveALittle to raise funds for people who have actually been granted access to a medial cannabis product (there are only two products being administered) to help them pay for them.

We are now in the absurd situation that we have a Minister approving products that are hell of an expensive – $1000 every 3 weeks or so – it is unclear if these are even the best products but they are all the Ministry of Health has been arsed to approve – and then they can’t afford them.

I don’t want these people missing out on what I am getting from this drug. Clearly it has a very effective impact for people with seizures but I use it because it is so effective with pain. I don’t want to see these people denied and until we get something sensible sorted for access to this drug, I am very please MCANZ is up and running – see this link to the Give a Little page and the you tube clip is below.

24 comments on “Why we need to support Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ”

  1. lprent 1

    Hi Helen. Fixed the excerpt and tossed it to the top. Good to see that you are still able to use this site. Long may it continue.

  2. weka 2

    Nice one Helen. Are people having to fund the approved products themselves?

    I hope the charity can get some more info up about themselves soon, there will be way more donations then.

    • adam 2.1

      Yes weka, and they are very expensive. About $1,200 a month for sativex from memory.

      When you consider how simple it is to make oil from cannabis for medical purposes, it feels almost criminal.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1

        Sounds like some people have decided profits are more important than other peoples lives.

    • Helen Kelly 2.2

      Yes there is no subsidy and they are unnecessarily expensive.

    • Hi Weka, I am Co ordinator for the charity, 🙂 will upload an “about us” to our website soon. We have a pool of 10 patients we are fundraising for, however that seems subject to change, (one child tragically passed away the day they were due to start Sativex, and others are encountering hurdles with getting it prescribed). We are hoping to gradually announce the 10 patients over time to keep the campaign alive as people shore up confirmation of access to Sativex.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    Thanks for your piece, Helen.

    For the record, I am a supporter of the medical use of cannabis, as well as the limited decriminalisation and regulation of cannabis as an R21 personal use substance.

  4. Brandon Hutchison 4

    Absurd that a plant that is easier to grow than tomatoes could replace this $1000 per month medicine. All power to those with the courage to speak out.

  5. Sabine 5

    I have shared it around and i hope a few dollars will donated.

  6. greywarshark 6

    My conviction is that the mindset factors which will carry us through this century will be kindness and practicality, with efficiency coming third. It seems that this donation for medical marijuana will tick all those boxes. Good one Helen, it is a good move and many will support it, I will certainly.

  7. Ad 7

    Sure needs something better than Morphine.

    I’ve dealt with two 85-plus old people in downhills states, and the Morphine gave them terrifying hallucinations.

  8. Stuart Mathieson 8

    Sounds like cannabis is ideal as a pain killer on prescription. The problem is the Ws who think they can use this absolutely justified practice to tailgate a dope smoking nirvana for all and sundry. Discredit religion and a substitute will soon appear. You only have to observe Abe and his fans on the Otago campus.

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