New Zealand passes laws to make medical marijuana widely available

Legislation comes ahead of a referendum on recreational marijuana use in next two years


The legislation will also allow terminally ill patients to smoke illegal pot without fear of prosecution.
 The legislation will also allow terminally ill patients to smoke illegal pot without fear of prosecution. Photograph: Nir Elias/Reuters


New Zealand’s government has passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time, after years of campaigning by chronically ill New Zealanders who say the drug is the only thing that eases their pain.

The legislation will also allow terminally ill patients to begin smoking illegal pot immediately without facing the possibility of prosecution.

The health minister, David Clarke, said thousands of New Zealanders were living with chronic and end-of-life pain and the evidence that marijuana could safely help ease their suffering was sound. 



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So,if you are on deaths door,you can legally smoke pot....oh,the NZ gov'are just so kind.
The marijuana industry needs to be enabled across our entire country and the world.
Both the drug varieties and the non drug(hemp) varieties. It will be our saviour in every conceivable way.
This law above is just tinkering. Pathetic.
Holism is what's needed here.

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