Rose made national headlines with her campaign to get her son, Alex, access to cannabis for his sever epilepsy. Unfortunately, the ruling comes too late for Alex, who died earlier this year, but Rose said she know her son will be proud of the reform: “His soul is lighter, knowing he paved the way to help people get relief legally, that’s what his life has ended up being about.”
While the move to finally provides desperate patients an alternative to dangerous and addictive prescription drugs, there will still be some restrictions, such as a total ban of production of hemp, with the Associate Health Minister saying: “Farmers won’t be growing cannabis for medicinal cannabis in New Zealand full stop.
“This is about products that are CBD-based that are manufactured being able to be prescribed to New Zealand patients. There is a very limited market at the moment.”
The director of the NZ Drug Foundation director, Ross Bell applauded the move. Speaking to The New Zealand Herald, he praised the a “very good decision” based on expert evidence.
“It represents another positive move forward to remove some of the barriers that patients are faced with in accessing medical cannabis products.”
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