This will facilitate access to medical cannabis under certain conditions
Ireland's health minister, Simon Harris, today signed legislation that will give Irish citizens access to cannabis products for medical use on a pilot basis for five years.
The medical cannabis access program allows medical consultants to prescribe medical cannabis of standardized quality to patients who have not responded to standard treatments.
Minister Harris first proposed the program two years ago, but its adoption by the Dáil has been delayed due to difficulties in finding a supplier of quality medicinal cannabis that can export its products to Ireland.
Earlier this yearit was confirmed that a supplier had been identified and the legislation was finally signed this morning.
The new system will facilitate access to medical cannabis for patients with the following conditions if they have not responded to standard treatments:
- Spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis
- Intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy
- Severe epilepsy, refractory (resistant to treatment)
Commenting on the launch today, Harris said: "It is important to point out that there is no plan to legalize cannabis in this country.
"The goal of this program is to facilitate humanitarian access to cannabis for medical reasons, when conventional treatment has failed.
"Ultimately, it will be the decision of the medical consultant, in consultation with his patient, to prescribe a particular treatment, including a cannabis-based treatment, to a patient whom he will care for."
In the past, there were no cannabis products for medical purposes in Ireland and many patients were forced to spend thousands each year to access cannabis treatments in countries such as the Netherlands. Low.
The new legislation means that commercial operators whose cannabis products meet the specified requirements will be able to supply products in the Irish market.
The cannabis access program for medical purposes will operate on a pilot basis for five years before an 2024 exam.
source: Irish Post