R ', An oncological patient treated with medical cannabis from 5 for years and holding a dose of 140 a day of cannabis, was surprised to receive a unilateral notification of a dose cut to only 90 grams.
Through an attorney Miriam Brainin R. submitted a petition to the Court requesting an interim order ordering the Ministry of Health to reinstate the original dosage.
the judge Ram Winograd Accepted the petition and instructed the Ministry's representatives to reply to R. as determined by the physician treating her, Dr. Johnny Greenfield.
In a hearing held Monday morning at the Jerusalem District Court, attorney Maor Sabag claimed the name of the Ministry of Health Yuval Landesft The director of the Medical Unit for Medical Cannabis, stated that they had actually "done a favor" to R. by reducing her dose to 90, not by zero.
"A decision from 140 to zero is extreme and therefore we reached a high dose average. We went down to 90 to be able to cope with the lower dose even though it is high," argued Sabag.
Adv. Sabag also claimed that Dr. Greenfeld acted contrary to the procedure. "It's undermining the procedure," he stated. "There is no justification at all for giving her the dosage, not even the 90, it's an egg and a chicken that is somehow directed at us."
In the petition, Adv. Brainin claimed that R., the mother of four children suffering from pain, used her 600 mg (lyric) medication daily along with other narcotics such as oxycontin, percost, tragine and more.
After arriving at Dr. Greenfeld, R. received a medical cannabis license and began slowly raising the monthly dosage to 140 grams per month. At the same time, the consumption of "lyric" decreased to only 50 mg per day.
"Treatment with medical cannabis did not even cure her, but improved her lifestyle and enabled her to function optimally despite coping with her complex health situation," the petition states.
In his discussion, the director of the NCO Landsfeld explained his opposition to R.'s original dosage by stating that "Dr. Greenfeld is a junior doctor and his seniority stems from the lack of attention of the system and contrary to the legal authority granted to him."
Landau added that "the average for all patients in the country is 33.6 per month. 50 has made it a high dose. 100 is very high. " Attorney Brynin argued that Landstaff's very presence in the discussion is puzzling and raises questions.
R. begged the judge to pity him: "Cannabis makes it easier for me to hurt, I do not have to take all the narcotics, I beg for mercy, stop it. Why should I sit on a day like this in court and not at home, why do I have to leave this cold, I'm tired of all this, please. "
At the conclusion of the hearing, Justice Winograd agreed to the request for an interim injunction and ordered the Ministry of Health to respond to the original dose of 140 within two days for a period of three months until the end of the hearing on the petition. "The medical recommendation given by Dr. Greenfeld seems to be consistent with the patient's condition," he stated.
This is a second case within two weeks in which Judge Winograd responds to the cancer patient the dose of cannabis given to her by Dr. Greenfeld and cut by the Ministry of Health. Even in the previous case, See here, The patient was represented by Attorney Brainin.
In both cases - as in many others - these are patients of Dr. Greenfeld of the Ministry of Health Trying for a long time Cut its wings and prevent it from recording the required dosages according to its professional understanding. The issue will come up again Tuesday for a hearing before the court In the petition submitted By attorney Yaniv Peretz called 28 such patients.