The government claims to be gathering expert advice on how to establish a medical cannabis schema. One government report released from the Health Products Regulatory Authority only recommends cannabis treatment for conditions with the most clinical efficacy. From their research, these include epilepsy, chemotherapy, and spasticity from multiple sclerosis. Whether prescriptions will be allowed for other conditions is currently at the discretion of the Minister for Health, Simon Harris. He has to approve medical cannabis prescriptions on a case-by-case basis. For too many Irish people, this is not good enough.
Twomey used her acceptance speech to appeal directly to the Taoiseach and the public to pass better laws on medical cannabis. She was met with a standing ovation.
MEDICAL CANNABIS IN IRELAND
Ireland now stands as a perfect example of the failure of cannabis prohibition. Cannabis use is still widespread, despite strict criminalisation and escalating gangland violence. Ireland was one of the first nations to show a scientific interest in cannabis. Could Ireland now be about to change its cannabis laws?
Twomey’s speech specifically mentioned a bill currently with the Irish parliament, the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation bill (2016), which has been put forward by Gino Kenny, a politician and “TD” for the Dublin Mid-West constituency. Although this bill legalizes medical cannabis, Fine Gael were hesitant to allow this because of the alleged legal complications that would arise. Fine Gael do not currently hold a majority in parliament, and the parliament voted in favour of revising the bill further. There has been no progress, however, on this bill in over a year.
Ireland has traditionally been a socially conservative country. It also has a political system where the government always features one of two conservative political parties with almost identical policies. As recently as 2013, a bill from Luke “Ming” Flanagan TD to legalize cannabis was voted down in parliament by a crushing margin of 111 to 8. In that context, approval of recreational cannabis does not look likely. Then again, Flanagan has since been elected to the European Parliament. And Ireland now seems capable of more rapid social change than before.
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