Another high profile cannabis user

Paul Holmes’ widow has revealed that he self medicated with cannabis while dying of cancer.

Stuff: Sir Paul Holmes turned to cannabis for pain relief, widow reveals

Broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes turned to marijuana for pain relief in the weeks before he died, his widow has revealed.

Holmes died in 2013, after battling heart problems and the return of prostate cancer.

Lady Deborah Holmes told NZME. Paul was not a drug user but “in the final weeks it was the one thing that could give him peace and comfort”.

He was allergic to morphine and the alternative concoction of drugs “sent him off to la la land”, she said.

He smoked the drug, as the couple was unaware of cannabis oil.

Why the hell do dying people still have to break the law to get some relief and comfort?

This follows recent publicity about Martin Crowe also using medicinal cannabis.

Former England cricketer Mike Selvey produce a moving tribute piece for Britain’s Guardian newspaper, where he says Crowe opened up to him about his medical struggles in New Zealand during the World Cup last year.

Selvey says Crowe told him he was sleeping 15 hours a day and using cannabis oil rather than undergoing more chemotherapy for his second bout of lymphoma.

“The apparently hale nature of his condition was a camouflage. When he was awake, he said, he did indeed feel good, but rather than undergoing yet more chemotherapy he was by then self-medicating with liquid marijuana and sleeping 15 hours a day. Happy hours though,” he said.

And union leader Helen Kelly has admitted illegal use while her attempt to obtain cannabis products legally got bogged down in Ministry of Health bureaucracy. As a result the MOH processes are being reviewed, but this time delay is not any help to Kelly.

Kelly was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer just over a year ago.

She continues to source cannabis illegally, which she takes at night to help her sleep and control pain.

Previously Kelly has said it was a “huge relief” for her when she discovered cannabis oil.

In the meantime four police officers have been shot in what looks like a reaction to police searches in the Bay of Plenty for marijuana crops.

Something is seriously wrong with how we deal with a relatively harmless drug that can provide comfort and relief, if not medicinal benefits, to people who are suffering and dying.

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  1. Mike C

     /  10th March 2016

    When somebody has a terminal illness … they should be allowed to take whatever drugs that they like in their final days.

    Heck … if I end up with terminal cancer … I will probably go on a drug taking spree in my last few months of life that will make the 1960’s Rolling Stones look fucking tame. LOL.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  10th March 2016

      And look much much better than the RS ….. doing it! I’ll Bet 🙂

      Why do we have a war on illicit drugs when licit drugs cruise the city streets and have been known to cause much more harm … in the long term.

      Prozac (fluoxetine) is an oral drug used for treating depression, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

      Side effects of Prozac include nausea, upset stomach, constipation, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, drowsiness, dizziness, nervousness, heart palpitations, loss of appetite or increase in appetite, weight changes, cold symptoms (stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat), dry mouth, decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm. Some patients may experience withdrawal reactions such nausea, nervousness, and insomnia upon stopping Prozac.

    • @MC

      We all have a ‘terminal illness’.. its called LIFE !
      lol ?

      maybe time to start you’re ‘medication’ now 😀

      • Pickled Possum

         /  10th March 2016

        @ Zedd
        No medication needed not now not EVER!
        Am I medication or is it *your* medication…. insert smiley face

        • @PP
          I was just responding to MC..
          we all supposedly have ‘Freedom of Choice’.. but not under this current B-S regime ?! :/

          • Pickled Possum

             /  10th March 2016

            Opps sincere apologies thought it a wee bit funni your comment.
            @MikeC Sori for interjecting on you’re ……..
            Late night at the opera is my only defence. 🙂

            Yes Zedd agree with you as I have a precious family member
            who has been illicit drug free all her life and now is smoking the
            herb of great analgesic benefit … for relief of pain
            to make sleep come peacefully.

            The powers that be on this agenda will not know of the pain and suffering that cannabis sativa will bring, until they like Paul and Helen etc
            have go thru pain and tremendous discomfort that only a
            daily BIG fat joint will curb. 🙂 😀

            Cannabis is smoked more than cigarettes? inhaled at great speed lest the policeman knocks on their door and throws them into the ‘criminal’ box.

    • Rob

       /  10th March 2016

      “When somebody has a terminal illness … they should be allowed to take whatever drugs that they like in their final days.” You got that right and I think more and more people are begining to see it that way. What right does anyone have to tell you what you can and cannot do in that respect. Time for the dinosaurs to move on and allow sensible people to make their own decisions, this has been going on for far to long.

  2. they’re all coming out of the woodwork 😀

    Its interesting that I sure, Sir Paul stated he was ‘anti-Drugs’ on more than one occassion ?

    • Mike C

       /  10th March 2016


      I know that Sir Paul was extremely anti-methamphetamine … because of his daughter Millys use of it … and rightly so because Meth is such a destructive drug.

      But I am not sure about what his stance was on Marijuana use.

      • good point 🙂

        • We can deal with medicinal marijuana in isolation I guess, but I reckon we’re only going to have the proper conversation when people say, “I’m using it now medicinally (or not) and I’ve used it occasionally – me – or often or regularly throughout my life recreationally”. Maybe : It’s a regular part of my life like drinking is for lots of people?

          I hope it’s a non-celebrity who is eventually the catalyst for change, by-the-bye.

          Someday soon I hope we will deal with the larger cannabis and recreational drug issue including “legals”? NZ’s starting to look kind of backward in this department compared to some other countries and States of the U.S.


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