Public opinion is warming to medicinal cannabis:
By Hayley Gastmeier
Carterton mother Tracy Yeats hopes the government will take notice of a survey which shows overwhelming support for the legalisation and decriminalisation of cannabis for medicinal use.
Mrs Yeats’ daughter Grace, 14, has shown significant improvements in her health since she began taking Sativex, a cannabis based spray, eight months ago.
She has a rare condition, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or Adem, which robbed her of speech and movement four years ago.
The then ten-year-old Saint Mary’s schoolgirl was left cognitively unimpaired but unable to walk, talk, eat or sit.
The survey, commissioned by the New Zealand Drug Foundation, revealed 82 percent of the 1029 participants supported cannabis for terminal pain relief, and 79 per cent for pain relief.
Mrs Yeats was not surprised at the high numbers in support.
“The people around us have seen the difference it’s…
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