Pubdate: Fri, 03 May 2002
Source: Otago Daily Times (New Zealand)
Copyright: Allied Press Limited, 2002
Author: Simon Wallace
Bookmark: (Cannabis)


The recent imprisonment of a local paraplegic man for growing a few 
cannabis plants ( ODT, 28.3.02) was harsh and inhumane. The medical 
benefits of cannabis have been recorded from ancient times, and today, many 
New Zealanders suffering chronic pain and terminal illness are reaching for 
the relief of this herbal medicine.

Yet, contrary to common sense and compassion, the use of cannabis as a 
medicinal curative and painkiller is still illegal in New Zealand. In 
contrast, Canada, America and the UK have allowed the sick access to this 
medicine, which many prefer to the standard prescription of pharmaceuticals 
and their toxic side-effects. Marijuana is also used by many to overcome 
these adverse effects. Isn't it about time New Zealand, which portrays 
itself as a forward-looking country, followed suit, instead of locking 
medicinal cannabis users in jail?

Simon Wallace, Dunedin
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