Medical cannabis worthwhile as a palliative but not a treatment, report suggests

Alex Renton. Photo / Supplied
Alex Renton. Photo / Supplied

Medical cannabis helped ease the suffering of a terminally ill teenager but did nothing to treat his epilepsy, a medical report says.

The 10-page review is being cited by campaigners for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis as further proof as to why there should be a referendum on the issue at the next election.

The report discusses the treatment of Alex Renton, 19, who suffered from “status epilepticus”, a kind of prolonged seizure, and was the first person in New Zealand to receive medicinal cannabis in…

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