2 Jul 2009

MP to keep fighting for medicinal marijuana

9:37 am on 2 July 2009

A Member of Parliament who wants marijuana to be allowed for medicinal purposes says she will continue fighting to give people that option for pain relief.

In a conscience vote, MPs voted 86-34 against a members bill brought by Green MP Metiria Turei.

The bill was based on a similar system to Canada where a person, in conjunction with their doctor, can grow a small amount of cannabis for their personal medical use.

Ms Turei says she's extremely disappointed with the result, but will continue to work with patients, doctors and other MPs towards presenting another bill in future.