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Chronic pain sufferer says cannabis bill not enough: 'We've been shown no compassion'

More people will be able to use cannabis to alleviate pain without fear of prosecution, but a long-time sufferer says the government's still not going far enough.

Health Minister David Clark is making some changes to his medicinal cannabis legislation when it next comes before Parliament.

That includes expanding an exemption he'd proposed for the terminally ill with 12 months to live, out to all those in palliative care.

Retired Auckland resident Pearl Schomburg suffers from a range of conditions that cause her pain, and pharmacy drug side effects only inflame her. She relies on the black market for the only thing that helps.

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