Couple take desperate measures in medicinal cannabis case


Last updated 16:25, July 30 2018 Medicinal Cannabis advocate Peter Old speaks about the governments select committee decision. A Taranaki mother left paralysed by a debilitating disease has had to resort to desperate measures to access cannabis for medicinal purposes while politicians wrestle with law reforms.    In October last year, Helen Old, who is paralysed from the neck down with impaired speech and vision after more than 30 years years battling the effects of multiple sclerosis, gained approval to source medicinal cannabis (MC) from Canada. However almost 12 months later the 57-year-old, who is cared for by her husband, Peter, and is one of only three people who have been given the green light to use different varieties of MC to treat pain, has not been able to access the products due to cost and uncertainty about the future. Medicinal cannabis advocates Peter and Helen Old, who has been left paralysed after battling multiple sclerosis for more than 30 years, say political parties need to work together to sort out issues around the drugs use. Last week National MP Shane Reti introduced a MC members’ bill on the same day the Government’s MC bill was returned from the health select committee. READ MORE  Health Ministry says National’s medicinal cannabis law may harm patients and wouldn’t increase access Taranaki woman wins 12-month fight to be given medicinal cannabis Medicinal cannabis group wants doctors to be able to prescribe products National’s bill would take cannabis-derived Cannabidiol (CBD) off the controlled substances list by making it “pharmacist-only medicine”, allowing patients to repeatedly pick up cannabis products with a doctor-issued photo identity card instead of having to get a new prescription from their doctor. Couple take desperate measures in medicinal cannabis case

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