I watched the start of the NZ parliament today.. the clerk announced that a petition of over 6,000 signatures was received & refered to a Govt. select committee. The petition was from a family of a young woman with severe epilepsy (who has had her prescription now funded), BUT recently the Govt. agency denied ‘across the board’ funding of Sativex (the only currently approved cannabis drug), currently costing >$1000/month.
The reasons that the agency rejected the funding proposal being : ‘lack of evidence of its effectiveness’ & ‘concerns it will be sold onto the illegal black-market’ !
I look forward to the outcome of this petition.. hoping it does make SOME positive changes.