Week of mourning over weak medicinal cannabis bill

LETTER

It seems the Labour Party’s medicinal cannabis bill has been watered down to the satisfaction of NZ First, to ensure it will be passed. People are suffering, Labour and the Greens know they are suffering, but NZ First seemingly continues to ignore the scientific evidence.

At Christmas time, when we celebrate the gift of life through the birth of Christ, we must now also suffer Judas’ kiss of death, with the denial of access to one of God’s greatest plant gifts!

We are commemorating a week of mourning from December 25 to January 1 2018, for the continued denial of this wonderful health-giving plant for the people of New Zealand, and the persecution, prosecution and incarceration of New Zealanders who want and need access to cannabis. We are placing a picture of the cannabis leaf on our front doors, as a symbol of protection from illnesses.

We understand that those who are classified by some “omnipotent” person who can foretell that a person will live less than 12 months may have access to “smoke” the plant without fear of conviction, but the person supplying the plant remains at risk of incarceration. What about the sick person who wants to grow it and put it in their smoothies/juices, and has no desire to smoke it? Must they deteriorate until they are close to death and only then have their pain alleviated?

We look forward to common sense when all New Zealanders acknowledge cannabis is a plant with amazing healing properties, and must be re-legalised.

Beverley Aldridge

President, Otamatea Grey Power

It seems the Labour Party’s medicinal cannabis bill has been watered down to the satisfaction of NZ First, to ensure it will be passed. People are suffering, Labour and the Greens know they are suffering, but NZ First seemingly continues to ignore the scientific evidence.

At Christmas time, when we celebrate the gift of life through the birth of Christ, we must now also suffer Judas’ kiss of death, with the denial of access to one of God’s greatest plant gifts!

We are commemorating a week of mourning from December 25 to January 1 2018, for the continued denial of this wonderful health-giving plant for the people of New Zealand, and the persecution, prosecution and incarceration of New Zealanders who want and need access to cannabis. We are placing a picture of the cannabis leaf on our front doors, as a symbol of protection from illnesses.

We understand that those who are classified by some “omnipotent” person who can foretell that a person will live less than 12 months may have access to “smoke” the plant without fear of conviction, but the person supplying the plant remains at risk of incarceration. What about the sick person who wants to grow it and put it in their smoothies/juices, and has no desire to smoke it? Must they deteriorate until they are close to death and only then have their pain alleviated?

We look forward to common sense when all New Zealanders acknowledge cannabis is a plant with amazing healing properties, and must be re-legalised.

Beverley Aldridge

President, Otamatea Grey Power

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