I have been reading some comments from advocates & activists on cannabis law reform (esp. Medicinal).. whilst many other OECD/western countries are moving forward, Aotearoa/NZ law makers are creeping forward ‘at a snail’s pace’. As per my recent post, a second cannabis drug has been approved, BUT each patient needs to ‘jump through several hoops’ to get the drug(s) approved/authorised for use, by the ministry of health.
In many other countries, they trust their registered medical practitioners (GP Doctors) to prescribe drugs to their patients, without any other, higher authorisation.
I read these comments from a med-use advocate, about recent moves with ‘Tilray’ (latest cannabis drug approval):
‘Medicinal cannabis advocate (Rose R.) told (a radio interviewer) there’s hope for others now that one patient has been signed off.’
‘She said it “doesn’t make a lot of sense” to give it to one person and not others who are waiting for the treatment.’
“Some of the conditions are urgent,” she said. “They need it now, so they’re going to have to improve the quality of what they’re doing now.”
‘(Rose R.) said she’s confident (minister for drug policy) case-by-case approach is going to change.’
It just seems that all the hysteria about ‘marijuana’ is very slowly subsiding in NZ, with recent polls showing over 80% support for ‘medicinal use’ & about 65% in favour of other personal use reforms.