With 4/20 just around the corner, its time to put cannabis regulation firmly on the political agenda.
As the movement to regulate cannabis for both adult and medicinal use spreads across North America and beyond, it is time for the Irish government to chart a clear regulatory course that will transition an illicit market worth approximately €1Billion per annum into a regulated market.
If properly done, a regulated market could generate as much as €300 million in additional revenue for the state each year and create 15,000 new jobs by 2025.
Given developments elsewhere, and the real likelihood that European states such as the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Malta, the Czech Republic (not to mention Germany) will most likely regulate by 2021, can Ireland really afford to miss out by relying on outdated policies born out of ignorance and social conservativeism?
The economic and business case for Regulation of Cannabis for Medical and Adult use is now sufficiently strong to end the failed policy of prohibition and allow Ireland and Irish companies to participate in The Green Rush…
I just spoke on #MedicinalCannabis Bill and it appears FF and SF are going to support the Bill now, public pressure has clearly been a part of this. It shows that campaigning can have impact, particularly the campaign work of Vera Twomey @veras1#dubw#Dáil
Interesting development with Gino Kenny’s Medical Cannabis Bill – Health Committee recommended killing the Bill, but now FF and SF members of that committee seem to be changing their views to allow it to proceed – heavily amended.
The Government has agreed to allow the progression of legislation to provide for medical cannabis to the next legislative stage.
The move is despite the fact that the Oireachtas Committee on Health recommended withdrawing Gino Kenny’s bill because of “fundamental flaws” in the legislation.
Minister of State at the department of Justice and Equality David Stanton said he was of the view that “if you have a very flawed piece of legislation, it might not be possible to amend it, perhaps it should be redrafted and resubmitted”.
However he said there seemed to be a consensus among TDs that the bill should proceed to Committee stage in the Dáil.
“The internal Audit Committee of An Garda Síochána has said it was “very concerned” that senior garda management did not tell it about the existence of thousands of fake breath tests or unreliable fixed notice convictions.”
“…The committee, which oversees spending in the force, said it was kept totally in the dark over both issues despite senior management knowing about them in the previous year.”
Available in Sativa, Indica, Hybrid, and strain-specific Single Origin varieties and for every unit sold, the California based 1-for1 medical marijuana manufacturer Bloom Farms donates a healthy meal to a local food bank.
From top: People Before Profit Gino Kenny TD, Vera Twomey, whose daughter Ava Barry (6) suffers from Dravet Syndrome; from left: Dr Cathal O Sulliobhan, People Before Profit Gino Kenny TD, Vera Twomey, Mark Gaynor and Tom Curran: The Cannabis For Medical Use Regulation Bill 2016
The bill is in its second stage.provides for the regulation of cannabis for medicinal use so that patients can receive a legally protected, secure supply that is safe and effective and will be debated in the Dáil by next February at the latest.
Dr Catherine Jacobson (top), director of clinical research at Tilray, and Dr Arno Hazekamp, Chief Scientist at Bedrocan (second pic) address the Global Medical Cannabis Summit about the innovations and developments that are “changing the trajectory of this global debate” on the legalisation of the ‘erb.
Multiple Sclerosis suffer Marie Fleming and her partner Tom Curran with family leaving the Four Courts in the High Court in Dublin in 2013
During a discussion on medicinal cannabis on RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Sean O’Rourke this morning, Tom Curran shared his experiences sourcing cannabis for his partner Multiple Sclerosis suffer Marie Fleming.
Sean O’Rourke: “If I could turn to you, Tom Curran, you used to grow marijuana yourself and used it to treat your late partner Marie, who had MS. Now, tell me about her use of it, and how it helped her.”
Tom Curran: “Well, I don’t have a medical background, and I know absolutely nothing, I suppose, about the chemistry of the plant, but when Marie’s MS progressed, the prescription medication worked to a point in helping her with her spasms, which are just like seizures, and also with the neurological pain, which she had constantly.
“We were aware, via, I suppose forums from around the world that cannabis was used extensively for both pain and spasms, so we tried it, because nothing else was working. And the results were remarkable, you’d have to see it to believe it.
“When Marie smoked, we originally bought on the street, but when Marie smoked, and the spasms were coming on, her whole body would relax within twenty seconds. Now, the pain medication that she was using, and the spasm medication she was using, just didn’t work. It also, then, reduced the pain. So she was comfortable, and we grew it after that, rather than buy it.”
O’Rourke: “How frequently did she use it, then, to deal with these spasms and pain?”
Tom: “She would smoke maybe, probably, twice a day. But I also learned how to process and extract, the CBD and the THC out of it, and we used that, I made capsules from that, and we used that for a long-term effect, because with the smoking, we found out the effect would wear off after a couple of hours. But by using the capsules, she got maybe eight to ten hours…”
O’Rourke: “And you made those yourself?”
O’Rourke: “And how did you go about growing it?”
Tom: “Very simply, we have a beautiful garden, one of the things Marie loved was her garden, she was very keen on gardening. And it was very simple to grow it. I didn’t use any sophisticated methods, I grew it on the windowsill upstairs.
“We had a bedroom upstairs with an exposed window that the sun shone in on most of the day when there was sun, but it took a certain amount of experimental work. On finding, for instance, the right strains, because there are many different strains of cannabis. So it was a matter of finding the right one for both the spasm control, and the pain control. And this went on for a period of about ten years before Marie died.”
[Later, when questioned on possible issues of regulation and control]
Tom: “Well, a couple of parallels I could draw, our own medical system here, widely uses products that are derivatives of opium. In fact, some of them are almost directly heroin. They’re well-controlled. They’re far more dangerous a recreational drug than cannabis is. So, if we can control that, as a medicine…”
O’Rourke: “Are you talking about something like methadone now?”
Tom: “No. Things that people are given for pain control, Fentenyl, which has just been brought out on the market now, that’s fifty times more dangerous than heroin, these sort of things can be controlled. And if we can control those as a medicine, and we’re aware of the therapeutical benefits, and the medicinal benefits of cannabis, why can’t we just control them the same way?”