In a few months’ time, New Zealanders will vote in a referendum over whether to legalise recreational cannabis.
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Ahurewa Rapira’s whānau have taken a step which some find controversial, but one they say has complemented her gruelling chemotherapy treatment.
Medicinal cannabis is already legal – sort of – although it’s not readily available or affordable.
One of the first youngesters to be treated with cannabis therapy and conventional medicine is currently in Auckland’s Starship Hospital.
Marae reporter Shilo Kino tells the story of little Ahurewa Rapira and her whānau, who, controversially to some, decided to include medicinal cannabis in her treatment for leukemia.