Ireland is Considering Medical Marijuana


There’s an old saying that bad luck comes in threes, but in the instance of medical marijuana reform in Europe, the opposite is ringing true.

Last month, reported that the United Kingdom finally recognized CBD oil as medicine. During the same time period, the Scottish National Party voted to decriminalize medical marijuana — the vote was an overwhelming yes.

Now, the UK’s closest neighbor Ireland is officially considering changes to their medical marijuana laws. In an announcement yesterday, Ireland’s Health Minister Simon Harris stated that his office is doing a review of Ireland’s medical marijuana policy. The Minister clarified that the review is “not a discussion about decriminalizing cannabis in any way, shape or form.”

The Minister added that he will be seeking expert scientific advice from the country’s Health Products and Regulatory Authority (HPRA), so the government can be made aware of the “latest medical and scientific evidence” when it comes to the benefits of cannabis.

Harris went on to highlight several of the countries around the world that now enjoy better health because of medical cannabis, including the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia, Malta, and many of the U.S. states.

Last July, a political party within the Emerald Isle called the People Before Profit Alliance introduced the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill. Their efforts were bolstered because of resident Vera Twomey called on the government to take action when her six-year-old daughter Ava, who has an advanced form of epilepsy, became practically seizure-free, after beginning daily treatment with cannabis oil.

This uplifting story has not fallen on deaf ears within Ireland’s government, as Minister Harris acknowledged Twomey in his comments. “I met [with her]in June and I understand the very difficult situation the family are in. I look forward to meeting with Vera again in the coming days.”

Clearly, there is still a lot of ground to cover on the path to medical marijuana legalization in Ireland, but the first step of the journey has been completed.

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Jon Hiltz was a journalist for for two years and is now director of content for INDIVA, a licensed cannabis producer in Ontario Canada.

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