Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Compassion, Health and Justice

Maori traditional healers are being funded by the Ministry of Health at a cost of nearly $2 million a year.


They are the only alternative-treatment providers directly receiving public health dollars.
Rongoa is a traditional Maori system of healing that includes rakau rongoa (native herbal remedies), mirimiri (massage) and karakia (prayer), as well as spiritual support.Running total of the number of research papers...Image via Wikipedia

"The mere fact that people use rongoa and go back to the practitioners is testament that the services they are given are contributing to their wellbeing."

Healers were required to report to the ministry quarterly and submit an annual report, but the practitioners and their health outcomes were not reviewed. "It's not unusual to fund on outputs. It's extraordinarily difficult to report on outcomes," Wall said.

Rakau rongoa herbal remedies were not covered by the Medicines Act and the ministry did not require them to be tested as part of its funding policy.

Mother Mary Joseph [Suzanne] Aubert (1835-1926) might have wondered whats going on here?

Famous for founding the Sisters of Compassion (a Wellington landmark and Institution) Mother Mary's rongoa was a recipe of herbs and cannabis, a formulary adopted and sold, albeit fraudulently, when demand required Thomas Kempthorne to dilute it (later to become a famous New Zealand Pharmacueticals and Fertiliser partnership known as Kempthorne Prosser & Co, and one of my early computer clients before Ravensdowne Fertiliser purchased it and disposed of its 'drug making' assets. /Blair) .

Perhaps the Minister of Health (and notably a former Minister of Justice), Hon Tony Ryall should explain the present 'difficulties' given that Maori are substantially under the gun for herbal 'cannabis', most recently in Northland. see POLICE URGE PUBLIC: Dob in those dope growers

Blair Anderson

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  • At 2:10 pm, January 20, 2009, Blogger Blair Anderson said…

    The traditional health care system of 80% population of the developing world is still dependent on their surrounding vegetation/ forests and pastures.
    They rely on medicinal plants because of their effectiveness, lack of modern healthcare alternatives and cultural preferences (Caniago and
    Siebert, 1998). Nichter (1994) has focused on the approach by which this health care system of
    different ethnic communities can be documented.


  • At 4:30 pm, January 20, 2009, Blogger Blair Anderson said…

    A paraplegic man has been charged and fined in the Tauranga District Court for using cannabis for pain relief...

    The judge said he had sympathy for Graham Coote, but that had to be set aside to uphold the law...

    ... doctors say it is an unpredictable substance and has too many adverse effects when inhaled or taken by mouth...

    "We can't condone marijuana," says Dr Rick Acland. "The issue is that within marijuana, there are these chemicals called cannabinoids which are known to be effective. And what medical science is trying to do is to combine the right cannabinoids in a medication that can be used therapeutically."



    After spending ten years and finding no case for prohibition, NZ Parlamentary Health Select Committee cruely delays 'Sativex' - a whole cannabis extract with known CBD'd and THC's (ie: they measured it into doses as if folk have no experience in titrating the dose required... quick 'BAN ASPRO NOW, people can take more than One!)



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