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In December, People Before Profit Alliance TD Gino Kenny’s bill to allow for the legislation of medicinal cannabis was passed in the Dáil.

However, as the Government would like to make some amendments to Mr Kenny’s bill, the bill will be debated at the committee stage in coming weeks.

Last week, the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) released its Cannabis for Medical Use report saying cannabis should only be made available to patients with specific conditions.

Above, Mr Kenny has created a video with testimonies of people who support the legalisation of medicinal cannabis, including Tom Curran (top), husband of Marie Fleming, who passed away in December 2013 after her unsuccessful right-to-die challenge in Supreme Court in April 2013.

Ms Fleming had multiple sclerosis.

Thanks Gino

33 thoughts on “Make It Medicine

  1. Eamonn Clancy

    Pity we can’t introduce a bill to get Gino to make an effort to scrub up a little. Dressing down in the Dail or anywhere else doesn’t make a statement any more. One thing the working class always prided themselves on was looking good, he’ll do well to remember that.

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      Nothing to say on the actual content of the video or the fact Gino Kenny has made a legitimate point?

      But, in your usual style, you’d rather just attack him for his appearance. Frankly, I don’t give a crap what he looks like, if he’s doing a good job.

      Well dressed the usual crowd of FF/FG may be, but they are clearly a complete shower of incompetents.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        and, in fairness, enda generally looks like his mammy brought him up to castlebar on a saturday afternoon to buy a grand suit for the cousin’s wedding

    2. Daddy

      “Pity we can’t introduce a bill to get Gino to make an effort to scrub up a little. ”

      Typical of Fine Gaelers. They can’t attack the man on the issue at hand so they resort to the sneering petty snobbery of tuppence ha’penny. A suit and tie does not represent integrity as we well know in this country.

      All the social crises we have in health, housing and policing are due to the deliberate policies of suit wearing banker loving MBAs from south county Dublin.

  2. steve k

    Well Gino is just cool because he told the Irish Times in December that he enjoys a joint. Great that an elected lawmaker regularly chooses to break the law.

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      Get down off your high horse, you judgemental​ fool.

      Nothing to say about the many idiots who think that the Dail bar is their office? Should we demonise every elected official who has ever touched a drop of alcohol?

      The fact that there is even a bar in our government building is an absolute farce, and I’d question the competence of any TD who showed up after a few jars in the Dail bar.

        1. mildred st. meadowlark

          Does alcohol impair your judgement? Does it lower inhibitions? Does it make people do reckless and stupid things? Yes.

          And we have a drinking culture in this country. We have a fupping bar in our government building, where our legislation is debated and passed.

          You really can’t see the issue with that?

          I don’t give a shjt if Gino smokes the odd spliff, to be honest.

          1. Bertie Blenkinsop

            “Does alcohol impair your judgement? Does it lower inhibitions? Does it make people do reckless and stupid things? Yes.”

            In that case, fancy a drink Mildred? :)

          2. bertie blenkinsop

            I’m not ashamed of you Mildred.

            Crying myself to sleep and calling out your name as I dream, now THAT I’m ashamed of.

      1. newsjustin

        Fierce whataboutery Mildred.

        People shouldn’t break the law because it makes them feel good, especially elected politicians.

        On the topic of cannabis as medicine. I’m all for it, if it’s required. I’ve never understood why anyone would be against it – after all, doctors prescribe morphine for very serious pain.

        I’m deeply suspicious however of people who are on the cannabis for medical use bandwagon because they just want to see it more widely available and more widely acceptable.

        1. Clampers Outside!

          But it should be more widely acceptable, not criminalised and sold legally. Follow Colorado and all the rest, and sure take a look at Portugal too.

          Imagine taking all that wealth of cannabis sales out of the hands of criminals and ring fencing the taxes raised for drug rehabilitation and education…. they’re building schools in Colorado for the first time in decades because of this.

          Just sayin’

          1. Brother Barnabas

            the majority of those who overindulge on cake, biscuits, crisps (pringles especially) and skittles are caned


        2. mildred st. meadowlark

          I do try to avoid whataboutery, in general (tricky thing on the internet, though) but I find the double standards with regards to this ridiculous.

          Now, I won’t lie, I’ve smoked the odd joint in my time (i don’t anymore), but the fact that it is still illegal in spite of the fact that it has clear medical benefits, and is ultimately a naturally occurring, and relatively benign drug.

          Alcohol, by comparison (and I’m using it as a comparison as it’s one of the few recreational drugs that are in fact legal) is a dangerous drug – to your health, and to your mental health too, while providing little to no medical benefits.

          I do realise that comparing them is whataboutery of sorts, but there’s very little to compare it to.

          I think the fact that cannabis is illegal is just staid conservativism at work and a reluctance to upset the grannies on the part of our government.

          1. Brother Barnabas

            I agree for the most part but you’re wrong about alcohol having no benefits

            think of all the people who would never have got laid if it wasn’t for alcohol. and now think of the negative societal effects of this.

          2. mildred st. meadowlark

            You might be right there…
            We’d all be fierce cranky altogether.

            But there’d be far fewer cases of the Fear lurking around, and I likely wouldn’t have made that journey halfway across the country while absolutely langered just for the craic, like.

    2. Louislefronde

      Now seriously Bog Off!

      The cannabis prohibition law is ridiculous. Perhaps you should read about the origins of prohibition on

      It might teach you something about the absurd origins of prohibition and why we need to reform the law.

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        This is probably the only time I’ll agree with you Louis, but you’re spot on.

        Great link too, btw.

  3. Andy

    Legalize it,
    Tax it,
    Cap cannabis related mental health services at 15% of the tax take,

    Everyone happy?

  4. Peter Dempsey

    Attacking Gino or Mick Wallace’s dress code is pointless.
    So is slagging off accountants and other uncool jobs.
    My grandad wore a suit every day – even after retirement – and had plenty of intregrity and decency. People who wear suits aren’t automatically evil and right ring and uncreative and square.

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