Call for Referendum

Further to the article, I mentioned recently.. I now read that the president of a ‘Grey Power’ (Aged care) branch wants a referendum, on Medicinal Cannabis access in Aotearoa/NZ. This has been widely discussed, BUT for a group like this, who could have greater sway with politicians, this is great news ! 🙂

Here are some quotes from the article:

‘A Christchurch man dying of cancer fears he will have to become a criminal if he cannot legally access medicinal cannabis.’
‘The 63-year-old man, who only wanted to be known as Bill for fear of persecution, said he was convinced of the therapeutic benefits of cannabis for cancer sufferers.’
“It makes you sleep better, it makes you eat better and when you reflect on your life, as a person in my position would do, coming up to death, you can see it clearer.”

‘Otamatea Grey Power president (name removed) says New Zealand should have a referendum on legalising medicinal cannabis.’

‘If professionals were able to grow cannabis of consistent quality and strength, it could be manufactured into cannabis oil or edible products, rather than people having to smoke the dried herb, Bill said.’
“I would recommend it to anyone who’s old, even if they haven’t got cancer, because it relaxes you.”

‘Bill’s beliefs were echoed by a raft of Grey Power presidents who came out in support of easier access to medicinal cannabis.’

‘Northland’s Otamatea Grey Power group unanimously voted to lobby the Government on the issue, with president (name removed) saying the country “should have a referendum and have a choice”, just as it did with the flag.’
‘(She) said watching a friend die from cancer and the medication available in hospice care convinced her of the potential benefits of cannabis.’
“He was zonked out on methadone or something like that, and was completely lost.”
“If he had been given a toke, he would have been able to say goodbye to his family – he lost his dignity.”

Other branches stated:

Christchurch Grey Power president (name removed), 87, said revelations cricketing legend Martin Crowe had medicated with cannabis brought the issue to his attention.’
“If it’s going to help people, particularly people with cancer, and if it’s been proven that it is a help, then I certainly agree.”

“I agree with access through the doctor, that’s all – this backroom thing I don’t agree with.”

Waimate Grey Power president (name removed) said she agreed with the Otamatea group, but could not speak for her group, a sentiment echoed by her Ashburton counterpart (name removed).’
“I would like to think that, if it was me, everything available would be done to help me,” he said.

The Grey Power National President said:

‘Newly-appointed National Grey Power president (name removed) said individual groups were legally autonomous, and Grey Power did not have a policy in relation to medicinal cannabis.’
“My personal opinion is, let’s have a look at it, and if it does have benefits, and it’s distributed by a doctor with proper regulations, then I don’t see a problem with it.”

‘In relation to Otamatea’s decision to lobby the Government, (the President) said he would “never put a barrier in the way of people seeking knowledge“.
“I don’t mind people pushing boundaries and mounting intelligent investigation.”

** “BRILLIANT” I await further updates 🙂

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