Last updated 14:37, January 18 2016
The mother of a Nelson teenager who died while being treated with medicinal cannabis says a report that the drug did nothing to help his illness is wrong.
Alex Renton was 19 when he died last year after nearly three months in Wellington Hospital with “status epilepticus” – a kind of prolonged seizure.
He was the first person in New Zealand to be granted Elixinol after Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne approved the one-off use after more than 20 conventional treatments had been exhausted.
At the time he was administered Elixinol, his mother, Rose Renton, said his high temperature had dropped, his seizures stopped and he was “noticeably calmer”.
It was later revealed that Rose Renton had been secretly dosing her son with medicinal cannabis weeks before it was approved.