'Patients are still needlessly suffering' - patients group set to rally for better access to medicinal cannabis




There's a rally in Auckland to call for better access to natural affordable cannabis.

A 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll showed nearly half of all Kiwis support the legalisation of the drug.
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Organisers NORML and Auckland Patients Group say they're against synthetic products.

There have been as many as 10 deaths linked to synthetic cannabis in Auckland in the month of July.

The rally from midday in Queen Street, opposite Aotea Square, will focus on the issue of access to medicinal cannabis. The group organised a similar rally a month ago with another planned for September. 

Cannabis oil will no longer be treated as a controlled drug in New Zealand after Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne in July moved to lift restrictions but the rally organisers say the changes don't go far enough.

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne announced CBD would have restrictions on it use and prescription removed.
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"The government's piecemeal changes do not change much for patients, who are still needlessly suffering," says Chris Fowlie, spokesperson for NORML.

"We are calling for patients and their caregivers to be allowed to grow and use cannabis for health purposes."

"We want the NZ Police to declare a moratorium on arresting or prosecuting anyone for medical use/cultivation/supply while this important debate is occurring."

Rally Goals:

  • Pharma cannabis meds to be more available, and affordable.
  • Approvals for products and patients to be fast-tracked.
  • More funding to be put into researching medicinal uses of cannabis in New Zealand.
  • Domestic industry producing the world's best cannabis meds.

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