National MP Nikki Kaye says she has changed her view on medicinal cannabis
National MP Nikki Kaye says she has changed her view about medicinal cannabis since she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Kaye, 36, stepped down from her ministerial role in September after the diagnosis but is now back at work.
She said her time undergoing treatment gave her something back - love for her family and she re-evaluated health issues including the use of medicinal cannabis, Newshub reports.
"I think obviously for some people it's [medicinal cannabis] very important.
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"The reality is what I've learned from my treatment is everybody responds in different ways, so I think it is important we have a system whereby people can get access," she said.
Kaye said she was on the side of ensuring people were able to get the best pain relief available. She said she needed to look at the detail on access to products.
Medicinal cannabis products are currently approved on a case by case basis by the associate health minister Peter Dunne.
Kaye told the broadcaster her diagnosis gave her a new perspective on life, the importance of exercise and rest, and the will to stay in politics.
"I felt I had unfinished business and I wanted to come back and make a significant difference."
Kaye is back at work as the associate education minister.