I read that medicinal cannabis users (self prescribed) & ‘green fairies’ (growers/supply) are genuinely concerned about the shortage in Aotearoa/NZ. This is often due to Police strategy: Seek & destroy, at any cost, aka ‘recovery’
I read the following issues, from a Press release:
‘A mother who gives her son medicinal cannabis to treat his violent seizures is terrified they will be without medicine, following what growers call a massive aerial cull of the crop.’ (Police spraying herbicides)
‘Advocates and growers say upwards of 1000 plants were poisoned in a Northland drop last month, cutting the medicinal supply to hundreds of people.’
‘(name removed), the convener of medicinal cannabis support group Auckland Patients’ Group, said 1200 plants were destroyed.’
“We estimate that probably 300 to 400 of those plants were going directly to very unwell patients,” she said.
‘Police refused to comment on the drop.’
“Police will not be commenting on the matter, which is currently before the court.”
‘They also refused to answer general questions on the use of aerial drops.’
“We are not in a position to discuss operational matters such as this in detail.”
‘Medicinal grower (Wh. M.H.) said the annual drops were an ongoing threat to those who relied on cannabis-based medication.’
“While we’ve still got a black market, there’s still going to be the police doing what they have to do.”
“Unfortunately, people like myself – we call ourselves ‘green fairies’ – get caught up in that grey area.”
‘She wanted the law changed immediately to protect those who grew and sold medicinal cannabis, so patients had a consistent supply they could afford.’
‘A law change late last year relaxed medicinal cannabis laws slightly, giving amnesty to palliative patients.’
‘A binding referendum on cannabis legalisation will be held at next year’s general election.’
*As previously mentioned: the new Govt. of Aotearoa/NZ passed medicinal cannabis law reform in 2018.. BUT only:
1) removed CBD extracts from current prohibition law
2) gives a legal exemption for terminally ill/palliative care patients, to use black-market herb
3) to set up a legal framework (1-2 years away ?) to extend the cultivation & supply of cannabis drugs under a Ministerial licensing regime
In the interim, many kiwis rely upon ‘Green Fairies’ & the black-market to obtain their medicinal cannabis.
The 1-2 legal cannabis drugs (in NZ) are not funded by the Govt. & cost $800+/month; well beyond the price-range of many ‘average kiwis’
** Police continue to ‘just do their jobs‘.. as they ALWAYS have done. The law may be CHANGING.. but the Police attitude, obviously is not matching it, by stepping back from their effective continuation of Prohibition !!