Public memorial held for Alex Renton

Alex Renton (File)
Alex Renton (File)

A memorial is being held this morning - for a Nelson teen who died after he was allowed to use medical marijuana as a one-off.

Alex Renton got the treatment while he was in an induced coma in Wellington Hospital, suffering from status epilepticus - an acute, prolonged epileptic seizure.

The nineteen-year-old opened his eyes but remained in a critical condition when here received the medical cannabis based product.

He died earlier this month surrounded by loved ones.

His family have since vowed to fight for law reform around medical cannabis use but today they say it's about Alex and remembering the person he was.

Family and friends are expected to share fond memories of the teenager at a public memorial service at the Rose Gardens in Stoke.

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