Peter Reynolds and For Ava by Vera Twomey
‘An extraordinary book. Vera’s achievement as a novice author matches her achievement as a novice campaigner.
I’ve worked with people who use cannabis as medicine for 40 years and I thought I was pretty hardened to the tragic and distressing stories but the tears were running down my face as I read this.
I was concerned it might be a rather turgid list of events but far from it, it is a riveting read. It is almost like a thriller, beautifully structured, it grabs you and won’t let you put it down as you have to turn to the next page.
The central message is of the inhumanity of bureaucracy and self-serving politicians who are not interested in an issue unless it can bring them easy and positive media coverage.
They are impotent in the face of lobbying from vested interests such as the pharma industry and the medical establishment and prefer to do nothing rather than risk controversy, even while children suffer needlessly.
A magnificent achievement and SHAME on Simon Harris, Fine Gael and the Irish government.
They will face judgement at the highest level for their inaction, cowardice and feeble conduct.’
Peter Reynolds President of CLEAR (Cannabis Law Reform) on For Ava By Vera Twomey (Mercier Press).
Previously: Vera Twomey on Broadsheet