How is the cannabis debate evolving in Ireland?
Over the past 25 years, a series of profound changes have changed the Irish way of life. Regarding cannabis, only 43 requests from doctors wishing to prescribe this plant as a treatment for their patients have been filed since 2016. Last year, the government of Leo Varadkar said that he was considering decriminalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis. One wonders what is the next step? the situation remains ambiguous all the same.
There remain many differences within the government over the proposals, which have yet to be finalized. Here are the latest significant events:
A group of over 25 doctors have written a open letter, on May 20, expressing their fears about the increase in health problems associated with cannabis use and raised major concerns about legalization.
The 24 may, 20 patients received authorization to use cannabis medicinal under the supervision of a consultant, after their doctors have applied for a special license and are ready to monitor its effects.
The Minister of Justice, Charlie Flanagan, expressed his concerns concerning any proposal to decriminalize personal possession of drugs.Minister of Health, Simon Harris, said that there were no plans to legalize cannabis in Ireland. Speaking to the Irish Parliament's Health Committee, Harris said he wanted to clarify the situation in the following terms: “There are no plans to legalize cannabis or any other illicit drug in this country. "
Minister of Health, Simon Harris, said that there were no plans to legalize cannabis in Ireland. Speaking to the Irish Parliament's Health Committee, Harris said he wanted to clarify the situation in the following terms: “There are no plans to legalize cannabis or any other illicit drug in this country. "
Former President of the Irish Medical Organization, Dr Ray Walley "anti legalization" supporter said during a radio show "Legalization has led to an increase in consumption in some countries such as Canada, America, where states have legalized it" Ireland should introduce better access to medicinal cannabis.
The Irish Times in a letter written to 20 doctors recognized, says Ireland "dozed" in legalization.
Minister responsible for the National Anti-Drug Strategy, Catherine Byrne, was the head of a working group set up in 2017 to examine alternative approaches possession of drugs. The task force was set up after the Oireachtas justice committee visited Portugal in 2015 to see the impact of the country's decriminalization policy. The committee recommended that a similar approach be introduced in Ireland. To date, this group has still not been able to produce an agreed report on the matter.
There are so many restrictions on how Ireland studies the benefits of cannabis that it's hard to take it any further. However, it should be noted that legalizing cannabis has certain advantages, such as reducing the crime associated with bringing in millions of tax revenues. The Irish remain attentive to the development of these latest data but the results do not seem very positive.