I need a lie down: Helen Kelly and I agree on something


Politics and my personal feelings about unions aside, people are people, and Helen Kelly’s been dealt the card with cancer on it. ? It’s not my/our way to rejoice in seeing people suffer just because they come from the wrong side of politics.

Outgoing CTU president Helen Kelly is going to ask Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne for an exemption to use cannabis oil as part of her treatment for cancer.

Ms Kelly told TV3’s The Nation program on Saturday that her cancer was progressing despite the chemotherapy and a new immunotherapy drug.

She said she had exhausted “all the normal medicines” and was “brassed off” that certain alternative remedies were not available.

“I’m going to ask Peter Dunne for cannabis oil,” she said.

In June, Mr Dunne approved a one-off use of cannabis oil for a Wellington teenager in an induced coma on compassionate grounds and said he was not setting a wider precedent.

It transpired that Alex Renton’s mother had given her son the oil weeks before government approval, which doctors condemned when they found out.

Ms Kelly said: “I’ve inhaled”.

She said cannabis oil relieved pain, and while she was not sure about its curative qualities, she was interested in research into them.

Ms Kelly said the new immunotherapy drug was not working “so yeah, that’s my lot really”.

I’ve watched my mother being eaten alive by cancer, and it is as close to evil as you can imagine. ? If you have a way of improving the quality of life for the remaining time, and the substance is illegal, you very quickly get over objections about its status as an illegal drug.

Especially since the cannabis oil can be made available in a form that does not have any of its psychoactive properties. ? It seems rather pedantic that any substance that is derived from cannabis that doesn’t itself contain the ‘drug’ that makes it effectively illegal should also be illegal.

I suspect we will eventually decriminalise marijuana, as the old policy makers and legislators get replaced by younger ones that don’t have the same closed-mind hangups about it.

And the first step will be to be able to get it on prescription from your doctor.


– NZN, via Yahoo!