(ed: this latest iteration of this incrementalism-on-steroids bill is just more prohibitionist bullshit..
before it was farcical (in a black-comedy kinda way)..where the only allowed users were to be those with a terminal condition – and they had to die within 12 months of starting using – ‘cos users were only allowed to use for 12 months..(!)..yeah..i know..fucken barking-mad….
it never was a good idea to have a former religious minister who is on the record as a pot-prohibitionist doing this bill..namely clark..
and a combination of him – the gutlessness of labour/greens..and the pot-prohibitionist alcohol-swillers in nz first means this new ‘improvement’ is hardly any better..
it has been extended to patients who are in palliative-care – not terminal immediately..but on that road..
so all those people not dying just this minute who receive relief from cannabis in so many ways..are still going to be criminals for using it..
how fucked up is that…?
and yeah..this is also personal..as i was addicted to heroin for about 20 years..so i am unable to use any coedine-based painkillers..
and one of the vagaries cast upon me as i age..is arthritis..not a terminal/palliative-care condition..but nonetheless a condition involving pain..
and i use cannabis to help me handle that…
now..as an ex-heroin addict – unable to use painkillers…i will still be breaking the law by seeking pain-relief for/in my circumstances..
and i don’t need to list all the other people/conditions still criminalised by this useless p.o.s. of a bill…
and as for green mp’s to be boasting about this sad/useless iteration online..?..really..?
you all proud of this futile exercise in uselessness..?.really..?..
how about before boasting/preening you get your bloody acts together – and end prohibition..eh?…
and this sad/bleak joke of a bill is not it/any solution of any worth..)
Health Minister David Clark is making some changes to his medicinal cannabis legislation when it next comes before Parliament.
That includes expanding an exemption he’d proposed for the terminally ill with 12 months to live – out to all those in palliative care.
Retired Auckland resident Pearl Schomburg suffers from a range of conditions that cause her pain and pharmacy drug side effects only inflame her.
She relies on the black market for the only thing that helps.
‘I use illegal cannabis products as we speak – I cannot wait around for the laws to change for me and I know many others who also do’ she said.
Ms Schomburg has a prescription for the medicine but as a retired person who’s never made a lot of money she says she can’t afford it all the time.
She’s happy for the 25,000 people who’ll now be safe from prosecution when using cannabis but says there are thousands more the government could help.
‘I’m part of 380,000 chronic pain sufferers in New Zealand, and basically we’ve been shown no compassion at all.
It’s really sad to think that we’ve been left behind – because that’s what it feels like.
A group representing the elderly agrees the bill doesn’t go far enough.
Beverley Albridge from Grey Power Otamatea wishes too this government had more compassion on this.
‘What they’re doing now still isn’t going to look after the children – the sick and the elderly.
It’s only going to look after people with terminal conditions or in palliative care’.
It’s not enough – she said.
(ed: bloody right ‘it’s not enough’…)