8 Feb 2017

Medicinal Cannabis Restrictions Relaxed

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:15 pm on 8 February 2017

From today, approval to use all cannabis-based products for medicinal use, will no longer require ministerial sign-off.

Instead, seriously ill patients seeking medicinal cannabis, will go to the Ministry of Health for ultimate sign-off. It's a small victory for medical marijuana campaigner, Rose Renton.

Her son, Alex Renton, suffered a string of epileptic seizures that conventional medicine couldn't cure.

Dunne approved a petition to the Government from Alex's family, to allow him to be treated with a medicinal cannabidiol oil, Elixinol.

His seizures stopped and he regained consciousness shortly before his death in 2015.

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Medical marijuana campaigner, Rose Renton.

Medical marijuana campaigner, Rose Renton. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

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