An overwhelming majority of Nelson Mail readers think sick people should be allowed to use cannabis, a week-long opinion poll on the website nelsonmail.co.nz shows.
Of 1223 respondents, close to 83 per cent (1011 people) supported the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal purposes. Just 212 people were against, as of 8am today.
The poll was sparked by an April 14 feature story on Golden Bay couple Victoria and John "Buzz" Davis. Late last month Mrs Davis, 62, admitted charges of cultivating and possessing cannabis, which she used to treat her 64-year-old husband's phantom pains, suffered since both his legs were amputated below the knee several years ago. Judge Tony Zohrab discharged Mrs Davis without conviction.
[Which makes the sentencing of Chrischurch's Neville Yates (TV3), another phantom pain sufferer (and hard opiod meds avoider) to eight months jail a grotesque human rights violation 'in the name of a drug war that has never worked, all the more vicious! /Blair ]
The comments section at the Nelson Mail is worth a read - oh and a contribution!