“Legalising personal use cannabis will help considerably with what has been a long and challenging battle to give Kiwi patients access to a range of affordable products,” says Pearl Schomburg, Founder of Auckland Patients Group, and medicinal cannabis campaigning for over 20 years.
Her comments follow the Government releasing the final draft of the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill which the public will vote on via a referendum at this year’s General Election.
With no certainty of the referendum passing, and even if it does, a regulated market not coming into effect for at least another two years, Auckland Patient Group implores the Government to now extend the existing medicinal cannabis amnesty for palliative patients to all patients and the carers and green fairies who support them.
“Our patients are still facing many obstructions to accessing legal products due to limited options and high pricing. Patients are also confronted with a great hesitancy to prescribe by our medical professionals,” says Ms Schomburg.