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Bay of Plenty Times - Chronic Pain sufferer Discharged without Conviction (2012)

Ann Vernon has chronic intractable pain and had been charged with cannabis cultivation after police found cannabis at her house.

Ann has been suffering chronic pain for many years after being trampled by horses when she was quite young.

"I received back injuries.

"Then later on I had an unrelated surgery [private] and severe emotional trauma which caused post traumatic stress disorder.

"I have pain pretty much throughout my whole body. Back, joints and shooting pains down my legs.

"Panadol doesn't even touch the edges."

Since using cannabis Ann has stopped using most of her conventional medication. She still takes some opiates but has reduced her use by two thirds.

Ann uses a herbal vapouriser to release the active cannabis ingredients but with no smoke. It is a handheld device which allows her to inhale the cannabis vapour directly.

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