Many years ago while travelling, I met a doctor from Canada. One day he saw me take some painkillers. We got talking about my chronic pain and he asked what seemed the obvious question from his years of practice: “Why didn’t they just give you cannabis for the pain?”. I explained that in New Zealand cannabis was illegal. “I don’t mean from a dealer, get a prescription from a doctor”. I said no, that in New Zealand cannabis was illegal. Stunned, he said something I will never forget.
“What sort of backwater country do you come from?”
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