Helen Kelly Backs Medical Cannabis Charity

Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand Press Release:

Today Helen Kelly published a post supporting of others making meaningful contributions in support of Medical Cannabis, including a supporting video of our #MC410 fundraiser, aiming to fundraise for Sativex for 10 Patients.

MCANZ is grateful for the public endorsement from Helen Kelly, who is the only notable public figure tackling this issue from a genuine personal need. We hope in future that other public figures and Charities will join us in publicly taking a positive stance on this issue, as charities representing MS, Cancer etc have been largely silent, to the detriment of the patient groups they purport to represent.

Helen Kelly:

“Its Prime goal is to make sure that families that have got legal access to Medicinal Cannabis are able to afford to fund it.”

“We need a proper medical cannabis law in New Zealand to make this accessible, to have it funded but in the meantime there are families with desperate people missing out on what has been a fantastic drug for me, the best drug available, for pain relief, for Nausea, for the Stimulation of my appetite..”

“I have got cancer everywhere, and it has enable me to have a full night’s sleep, to be comfortable, to be pain free”

Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand Coordinator Shane Le Brun:

“It’s important to realize that not everyone is in a position to flout the law as Helen does, some, like a patient we are fundraising for are in care facilities, while others, with severe disabilities relating to Multiple Sclerosis, are in no position to get stuck into the gardening as it were.”

“We have 1 legal option Pharmaceutical grade option, which while not suitable for everyone, and almost unobtainable, it is proving possible to access for those with the most extreme need”.

“We are fundraising for 10 of these patients with extreme need from up and down the country under our #MC410 campaign, in these cases the Medical Profession and the Ministry are not a barrier to access, only the cost”.

“we hope with the support of New Zealanders we can continue to support these 10 needy patients receive a potentially life changing treatment, as already one of our patients has had improvements in Seizure activity, reduction in pain relief and dramatic improvements in sleeping patterns, additionally giving the family caring for him an improvement in their lives, easing the burden of several people”.

About MCANZ: http://mcawarenessnz.org/our-mission/

Medical Cannabis Awareness

Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand co-ordinator  Shane Le Brun is put out a launch press release:

Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand

Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand (MCANZ) is pleased to announce its registration as a charity has been approved.

MCANZ is devoted to “putting patients before politics”, and intends to help patients who may benefit from access to medical cannabis under existing laws. As a charity, MCANZ cannot advocate for any specific law changes. However, we can take a role in increasing public awareness of medical cannabis use in New Zealand.

Medical cannabis is legally available in New Zealand. Approximately 30 Kiwis now have active prescriptions for Sativex, but MCANZ believes many more New Zealanders could benefit from this medication.


The Three Goals of MCANZ

* to assist fundraising for legally-available medical cannabis for patients

* To promote knowledge on medical cannabis to the medical profession

* to advocate for patients’ access to the best medicine available for them

The cost of Sativex is a huge barrier. Already, many people have had successful crowd funding campaigns for this medicine, and MCANZ will promote and assist such fundraising through its tax-deductible status. MCANZ will seek donations and bequests directly, and network to help Kiwis in need meet potential benefactors. Initially, a crowd-funding campaign will support 10 additional patients.


Improving knowledge on medical cannabis would empower and assist the medical profession to use current legal options for prescribing / requesting access to medical cannabis for their patients.

A reputable American online course will be offered, that is recognized for 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. We have duly confirmed that these credits are transferrable for Nurses, GPs and Anaesthetists in New Zealand to be recognized as part of their continuing education programs. Other relevant specialties may be added, and in future we hope to bring medical cannabis experts from the USA to offer this course locally.

Where medical cannabis may be an appropriate treatment, MCANZ will support individual patients’ efforts to research their situation and to apply for access to this medicine through their GP and/or specialists.

The MCANZ team includes a Registered Nurse who is undertaking further medical cannabis education. This will enable us to provide up-to-date information on the benefits, risks and success rates possible. Having a medical professional assisting with these applications (such as those made for Alex Renton and Helen Kelly) could, we believe, greatly help with the applications process in a variety of ways.

Our long term goals are to become a recognized centre of knowledge on Medical Cannabis in New Zealand, to promote the research and development of MC products here in NZ, and to advocate for improvements in the availability and affordability of Medical Cannabis.

Website: www.mcawarenessnz.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MCANewZealand/