I read that a 56-year-old Multiple Sclerosis (MS)patient, has won her battle with bureaucracy, to use medicinal cannabis products, to relieve her suffering; other than ‘big-pharma’ Sativex. I read the following, from a press release:
‘A Taranaki woman with multiple sclerosis has won a year-long battle to become one of the first people in New Zealand to be allowed to ease her pain with different varieties of medicinal cannabis (MC).’
‘(name removed) found out this week that she had got the green light to source MC from Canada after a lengthy fight to get her application before the Ministry of Health.’
‘While the 56-year-old mother of one’s mind remains sharp, more than 30 years of struggling with the disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord has left her paralysed from the neck down, with impaired speech and vision.’
Includes a comment from her husband;
“It has been 12 months to get it approved and it has been a long bloody journey.”
‘(he) said it had been an arduous process, with mountains of paper work to complete, which was made more difficult because medical professionals were divided on the benefits of MC and it was the first time someone had been granted approval to use different varieties to treat the pain.’
“What (the patient) needs is a more potent cannabis for her to take at night and a less potent variety to take during the day because of the pain issues she has that are attributed to her MS,” he said.
Followed by extracted info. & comments;
‘However after (the patient), who is on a cocktail of pharmaceutical pain relief that created a wide range unwanted side effects, took part in an illegal trial the couple were instantly aware it was the right option.’
“Within two days her bladder stopped spasming and she was able to have pain relief without side effects.”
‘They experimented with different strengths to work out what would help (her) the most.’
‘While the couple, who have been supported by (Director/Advocate) of the Medicinal Cannabis Association, had won the battle they had not yet won the war, (her Husband) said.’
‘They were now working towards getting approval to import the products into New Zealand, at their own cost.’
“Now we have to deal with the government departments to bring it in, for instance customs and police. We’ve got to get an import licence from the Ministry for Primary Industries.”
“People like (this patient) are trailblazers. In ten years’ time medicinal cannabis will be readily available. You will go to your GP, he will write you a prescription, you will take it somewhere and you will get the medicinal cannabis you need.”
“We don’t believe that smoking marijuana does any good for anybody and it wasn’t until we started investigating alternatives and found out there was medicinal cannabis that was being produced by reputable companies and being approved by governments.”
‘He said the Australian government was growing its own cannabis and planned to process it and make it available to the public within 12 months.’
“In New Zealand we’ve got the best growing conditions in the world, this is what I’ve been told. Why the hell aren’t they growing it under licence and processing it here for people like (her) ? The government would make money out of it, it would be self funding.”
* It is a disgrace that the Govt. in Aotearoa/NZ is still sitting on the fence on this issue. They seem to be effectively ignoring the advances occurring overseas, in countries like Canada, Australia, USA, much of EU etc.
I still see & hear, fear-mongering about ‘the harm of marijuana’… WAKE UP folks, this plant does have genuine medicinal/therapeutic value & it is passed time that the barriers were pulled down, by the bureaucracy, that seem to have another agenda ? & allow sick people access to this drug, without jumping through unnecessary hoops & over multiple hurdles to get it !!