New Zealand’s ‘green fairy’ has wings clipped for giving elderly free cannabis

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Jason Tong, dubbed the “green fairy” for his efforts in recent years to give free cannabis to elderly New Zealanders who are in pain, has pleaded not guilty to cannabis-related charges and has asked that the police drop the charges. Arguing he has done nothing wrong and was only trying to help those in need, Tong pleaded not guilty to one count of possession of cannabis with intent to supply, and two counts of supplying a Class C controlled drug, reports RNZ . In fact, both Tong and his son — who has been helping his father in the bid to assist elderly people — entered not guilty pleas. Australian docs advised not to prescribe medical cannabis for chronic pain ‘Individuals being criminalized for possession is not something I think most New Zealanders support’ Kiwi property manager turned a ‘blind eye’ to weed farm in rented apartment owned by his dad’s company Tong suggested to RNZ he didn’t go looking to become a “green fairy.” It was something that evolved after his son was diagnosed with cancer and he started to research alternative medicines. He found cannabis helped with his back pain, while his wife reported it helped with arthritis in her hands. It is simply a matter of doing his part to help seniors who are experiencing pain from various conditions, but are either unable to find effective medication or do not have the money to pay for what works, Tong noted. It also helped that he had gained the backing of a medicinal marijuana advocate, he told RNZ . There certainly seemed to be a need. After Tong started growing more cannabis plants and posting shots of them in his neighbourhood, he received dozens of comments from elderly people who couldn’t afford other medication. But last month, Tong…

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