Marijuana was the late broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes’ company during the last few weeks before he died. The revelation came from the widow of Holmes who died in 2013, following his bout against his prostate cancer and heart problem.
Lady Deborah Holmes confirmed that while Paul was never into substance abuse, he turned to marijuana for relief during his final weeks. She also said that Holmes had an allergy to morphin and that he smoked marijuana since they were not aware of the cannabis oil, Newstalkzb reported.
Marijuana, or medicinal cannabis, have been the center of debate due to Council of Trade Unions’ former president Hellen Kelly’s campaign for legal access to the drug. Kelly was found with a terminal lung cancer last year, which prompted her to continuously get cannabis illegally as her sleep and pain medication.
Kelly went to the Ministry of Health last month to apply for an access to Indica cannabis oil and Bloom Farmers Highlighter Sativa inhalers. According to Dunne, the MIinistry had received the application but found it with insufficient amount of information for them to access the said product and file for a recommendation.
Instead of declining the application, the Ministry was asked by Dunne to go back and ask the oncologist of Kelly regarding the needed information. To date, Kelly is still getting additional information about the product that she is asking for access in order to get Dunne from signing it off.
A teenager from Nelson named Alex Ranton has been reported in June last year, for being the first Kiwi to get a cannabidiol product signed off. A one-of-use of Elixinol, a cannabidiol product from the US has been approved by Dunne following Ranton’s Wellington physicians application to the Ministry of Health.
Meanwhile, 19-year old Ranton remained in the hospital until the early part of April last year after suffering from status epilepticus, a type of prolonged seizure, Stuff reported.