I read in an online newspaper, that a group called ‘Mothers for Medicinal Cannabis NZ’ have put together an online petition, calling on the Prime Minister to ‘get off his hands’ & legislate to allow medicinal use of natural ‘raw’ cannabis, for those patients & others who will benefit from it. At the time I added my name, there were about 1750 signatures. they are aiming for at least 10,000.
Currently in Aotearoa/NZ only ‘sativex’ (a pharmaceutical extract) is allowed & can only be prescribed if personally approved, on a case-by-case basis by the Minister of Health.
The Minister has stated that they are monitoring issues occurring overseas, but there is no immediate plans to amend current drug laws. This brings me to the real points/issues :
1) Under the U.N. single convention on narcotic drugs 1961, there is a clear exemption for ‘medicinal & scientific uses’ in the preamble statement.
2) The current ‘misuse of drugs act 1975’ (Aotearoa/NZ drug law) states clearly in : section 8 – Exemptions, subsection 2(a) ‘any medical practitioner, dentist or veterinarian may prescribe, supply or administer controlled drugs’
It seems clear that ‘medicinal use’ of those drugs listed, are exempted from any bans or prohibitions, covered by both pieces of the legislation outlined above !
Since my youth (1970s), there has been a zero-tolerance prohibition of ‘illicit drugs’ in this country (inc. Cannabis, Coca & Opium.. plus many other ‘psycho-actives’ ) most understand this to mean ALL uses, specifically of cannabis. (Coca & Opium based drugs are widely prescribed, as far as I’m aware) I wonder whether this is a clear case of MISINFORMATION & should anyone, who can benefit from medicinal cannabis, be cleared to do so.. if they receive a prescription from their doctor ?
Also; Article 33 – possession of drugs; states that ‘The parties shall not permit the possession of drugs, EXCEPT under LEGAL AUTHORITY’. To my mind this does not mean blanket prohibition, but rather strict regulation !
If you are interested in adding your name to this online petition, then go to : http://tinyurl.com/pxvdbwa
I wish these mothers the best of luck, with their petition ! “Kia Kaha” (be strong)