Citing concerns that an Irish medical cannabis regime would undercut the power of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and the Health Products Regulatory Authority, which is unwilling to regulate cannabis, the Houses of the Oireachtas’ Joint Committee on Health has denied the Irish access to medical cannabis. The move caused a temporary suspension of the Dáil, after outcry.
The Committee on Health’s concerns with the legislation centered around access and information. They requested anyone who was previously punished for a cannabis offense be barred from accessing medical cannabis, continued supervision by a doctor during and after the use of medical cannabis, which is not a requirement of lethal opiates, and an unwillingness to classify or regulate cannabis’ complex chemical entourage, instead favoring only cannabinoid isolates.
Damien Dempsey expressed his concerns with People Before Profit Alliance‘s Gino Kenny. “Tens of thousands of people are suffering right now.”
Among the suffering, Vera Twomey, a mother who’s child is treating seizures with cannabis, called the denial of access “a betrayal.”