Medical marijuana

Sorry Peter, but it’s going to be too little, too late, to save your sorry political arse

A list of approved cannabis-based prescription medications that meet New Zealand’s strict requirements has been sent to medical and pharmaceutical groups around New Zealand.

The list was promised by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne earlier this month when he relaxed rules around prescription of medicinal cannabis products.

Mr Dunne said more products are becoming available as overseas companies meet stringent Good Manufacturing Process guidelines but for now the list remains short.

It includes Sativex, used to treat spasticity in people with multiple sclerosis, at a cost of around $1200 a month.

“Unfortunately, Sativex, the one pharmaceutical-grade product that is available in New Zealand continues to be extortionately priced as big pharma continues to ignore the building resentment, both local and global, to the attitudes these companies take to the sick and vulnerable,” he said. Read more »

…or, we can just legalise pot for personal use

Marijuana plants grow under artificial sunlight in one of the many climate-controlled rooms at Tweed Marijuana in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Tweed is one of about 20 companies that are licensed to grow medical marijuana in Canada. Credit Dave Chan for The New York Times

 

A Canadian company will begin exporting medicinal cannabis to Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital from later this month.

Tilray has been granted approvals to export oils containing THC and cannabidoil to New Zealand.

It comes days after Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne, who had been responsible for approving almost all medicinal cannabis prescriptions, downgraded requirements. Read more »

Peter Dunne is facing possible jail time

In principle, anyway. ?This is why

Peter Dunne is facing possible jail time after he admitted being a party to the illegal importation of cannabis based medicine Elixinol.

The fact Peter Dunne broke the law proves that medical cannabis needs to be produced in New Zealand, Mt Albert candidate Abe Gray said..

“Lawyer Sue Grey, along with top government scientists, are taking the Minister of Health and Minister of Customs to court to argue it is illegal to prevent New Zealand hemp growers extracting CBD medicines,” he said.

“Today’s reforms around medical cannabis do nothing to resolve the catch-22 situation where the government and Ministry of Health have to break the law to allow access to US-made medical cannabis products, which are prohibited under federal law.”

The same reason was recently used to justify deporting US tourist and film-maker Michell Stein. Read more »

Dopeheads not welcome in Marijuana debate

Marijuana plants grow under artificial sunlight in one of the many climate-controlled rooms at Tweed Marijuana in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Tweed is one of about 20 companies that are licensed to grow medical marijuana in Canada. Credit Dave Chan for The New York Times

Marijuana plants grow under artificial sunlight in one of the many climate-controlled rooms at Tweed Marijuana in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Tweed is one of about 20 companies that are licensed to grow medical marijuana in Canada. Credit Dave Chan for The New York Times

 

Nichola Smith is a nurse from the ‘Naki who loves animals and looks for everyday blessings.

Kat Le Brun, by her own admission, is a “grumpy” Christian student teacher from Nelson, and Jacinta, a tiger mother with a quickfire voice.

What do they have in common? Pain. Not bang-your-thumb-with-a-hammer pain, but the sort of pain that lasts as long as you do.

Chronic pain. The sort of pain that you have to accommodate.

Like a bad marriage choice in a country without divorce. It’s there last thing at night and when you wake up in the morning.

They don’t much like it. They don’t believe it should be used recreationally.

They don’t want it universally legalised. God forbid.

If they had the choice they would never smoke it themselves. No way. What would they say at prayer meetings or the PTA. They could be the most unlikely bunch of cannabis campaigners ever. Read more »

Legalisation of Marijuana for MEDICAL use: Whaleoil survey results

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An overwhelming majority of Whaleoil readers support legalisation of medical marijuana.

The ?main concern expressed was ?whether or not it would be controlled properly so that there would be no backdoor access for people who want to use it recreationally.

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Fuddy Duddy Soper on “prissy” Peter Dunne

It’s hard to imagine prissy Peter Dunne with shoulder length hair sucking on a doobie.

But as a uni student in the 70s, that’s what he did – but says he didn’t like it very much, even though unlike Bill Clinton he claims he did the drawback.

But in those days the wicked weed had little more effect than a Craven A tailor-made, such was the level of THC. If his memory is based on skipping the light fantastic in his student days then there’s little wonder why he reckons the prescription of medicinal marijuana should be left to the experts whose primary concern is to look look after our health.

Perhaps he’d understand the plight of those, like the recently retired trade union leader Helen Kelly who is dying of cancer, if he had a toke of the current New Zealand green crop. It’s working for her, well at least it’s providing the best pain relief that she knows of.

Kelly tried to go through the process that Dunne’s advocating and became frustrated with it, describing it as complicated and intrusive.

She, just like many others, are now getting their daily fix on the black market. Kelly has been forced to break the law, although thankfully she’s unlikely to ever be held to account.

Peter Dunne even stood in front of a drug conference overseas and advocated for liberalisation of drug legislation.? The man is a total nut case, and overdue for retirement.? Read more »

Can we declare the War on Drugs a loss?

Legal cannabis advocate Victoria Davis said the rally was held in conjunction with the United Nations meeting on international approaches to drugs “to address the dismal failure of the war on drugs”.

“It’s acknowledged by all global experts now that the war on drugs was expensive, ineffective and made criminals out of a lot of ordinary people,” she said.

“If someone is sick it shouldn’t be a crime to make them feel better.

“It’s time to face the realities about this drug, that it’s useful.”

Davis said there was no drug that worked as well as cannabis to ease medical issues such as seizures, glaucoma and anxiety.

“It’s being used [medicinally] already, if it didn’t work people wouldn’t use it.”

A lawyer, Sue Grey also addressed the rally.

She questioned why Peter Dunne wanted to commission further research into the drug when other countries had already done so.

“What research does he think we’re going to do here that will make a difference?” she asked. Read more »

Politicians not responding fast enough to public Medical Marijuana pressure

Seventy-five people have been granted permission to use medicinal cannabis in recent years but relieved recipients say many more would benefit if the cost was not so high.

Ministry of Health figures show it received 79 applications to use medicinal cannabis between the beginning of 2013 and March this year and authorised 75.

Families who have struggled through the bureaucratic red tape to gain permission to have the medication say the costs remain too high a hurdle for too many. In one case, a family has gained district health board support, another has turned to public charity.

Northland woman Alisha Butt has been using Sativex since September to control severe epilepsy and recently became the first person in the country to receive publicly-funded medical cannabis.

Her parents, Sushila and Royd Butt, believed a lack of funding for the drug was preventing others from applying to use it. Mrs Butt said it cost more than $1000 for a month’s supply.

And Helen Kelly, who can afford $12k per annum for her final years was told to take a hike. ? Read more »

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?The Sisters of Cannabis

Self-proclaimed Nuns Fervently Fight for their Right to Grow Cannabis

The Sisters of the Valley?s ?abbey? is a modest three-bedroom house on the outskirts of Merced, in a cul-de-sac next to the railroad tracks. (Sister Kate calls the frequent noise from passing trains ?part of our penance?.) When visitors come to the door, Sister Kate asks them to wait outside until she can ?sage? them with the smoke from a piece of wood from a Russian tree given to her by a shaman.

Sister Kate lives here with her ?second sister?, Sister Darcy, and her youngest son.

But these aren?t your average nuns. The women grow marijuana in the garage, produce cannabidiol tinctures and salves in crockpots in the kitchen, and sell the merchandise through an Etsy store. (Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the active ingredients in marijuana that is prized for medicinal qualities and is not psychoactive.) The women perform their tasks wearing long denim skirts, white collared shirts and nun?s habits. And while their ?order? is small ? last week they ordained their third member, a marijuana grower in Mendocino County known as Sister Rose ? they share the same dream as many California startup founders: scaling.

The sisters say they are in touch with women in New Jersey and Washington state who may be interested in joining up. ?They?re out buying jean skirts and white blouses,? said Sister Kate. ?We want there to be women in every city selling medicine.?

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What if Morphine was not a legal painkiller?

I watched a show once that was set in an alternative universe where caffeine was an illegal drug and people who swallowed tabs of the stuff were criminals. The person from our universe and time was incredulous as we think nothing of having cups of coffee daily and don’t even think of it as being a drug.

Caffeine is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant of the methylxanthine class.?It is the world’s most widely consumed?psychoactive drug, but ? unlike many other psychoactive substances ? it is legal and unregulated in nearly all parts of the world.

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