Ireland

Fri
27
Nov

Man claims more than a kilogram of cannabis was meant for a (very big) batch of homemade soup

50-year-old Irish resident caught with €20k worth of weed.

An Irish resident is definitely in the soup after claiming that the €20,000 ($31,000) worth of weed he had in his vehicle was merely meant as an ingredient for the soup he planned to make.

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In fact, after being caught with the substantial stash, Eddy Osagie, 50, initially claimed the weed wasn’t really weed at all, according to EchoLive. Osagie said the paste-like substance found inside a couple of cereal boxes was a completely different material than cannabis.

The explanation failed to convince Irish gardai, who had stopped the man and grew suspicious when they noticed a marijuana smell emanating from his car.

Tue
20
Oct

Irish Farmers Association ask Government to legalise medical cannabis

FARMERS IN Ireland are set to ask the government to legalise medical cannabis so they may become 'major players' in the cultivation of the plant.

The Irish Farmers Association are set to ask the government to consider legalising access to cannabis for medicinal reason, which would allow the plant to be grown by farmers in the Irish countryside.

The trade is growing quickly worldwide,and some countries, such as Canada and the United States, have legalised it for recreational use for those over the age of 18.

Tue
22
Sep

Could hemp and a return to our roots be the answer to Ireland’s farming prayers?

Two County Cavan farmers believe that growing hemp could help bring life back to rural Ireland. 

Kim Kindersley and Michael Ó Lionsaigh have been producing CBD oil from their hemp crops as global demand for the oil increases due to its perceived medical qualities. 

Both farmers believe that the cannabis plant, which is one of the oldest cultivated crops in Ireland, could help reinvigorate rural Ireland and Irish farming. 

Hemp was once extensively grown in Ireland to produce ropes, riggings and sails for ships at a time when sailing was the chief mode of transport. 

Now, the plant is used to make CBD oil, which consists of less than 0.3% THC. THC is a psychoactive that produces the highs associated with cannabis use. 

Mon
06
Jul

Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly smoked cannabis in the past and is open to legalisation

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says he stands by a 2017 interview in which he admitted to smoking cannabis and visiting a strip club.

The Fianna Fail TD told Hot Press magazine he had tried marijuana – and was open to the idea of making it legal.

Minister Donnelly, 44, also hinted at experimenting with other substances during a Q&A interview given after he left the Social Democrats before joining Fianna Fail.

When asked if he’d ever tried any other drugs Minister Donnelly replied: “I have many years ago. I have but that’s all the detail I’m going to go into.”

Tue
30
Jun

Marijuana use increased during COVID-19 lockdown, survey shows

The coronavirus pandemic led to a decrease in the use of party drugs like MDMA and cocaine, but also to an increase in pot use, according to Global Drug Survey.

Forty thousand people from 12 countries participated in the online survey that looked at changes in alcohol and drug-related habits during the global health crisis. The 12 countries included in the study were Germany, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, the United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark, Greece, Brazil, and Switzerland. 

Based on the data, nearly a fifth of people reported that they used less cocaine during lockdown, while 29% said they used less MDMA, popularly known as ecstasy or molly. 

Fri
29
May

How Green Is Ireland When It Comes to Cannabis Regulation?

With the passing of a five-year medical marijuana pilot program, and increased industrial cultivation of hemp, Ireland is working to reclaim its title as the greenest country, but it’s definitely taking its time.

Cannabis has been around for quite some time, factoring into folklore, as well as being a part of medical traditions in pretty much every place it grows. The inception of Western medicine had a profound effect on the use of native traditions, and generally overlooked plant medicine. By a certain point, simply healing oneself with the plant became an actual felony charge.

Tue
14
Apr

The Irish are trading cocaine for cannabis in lockdown: Police

Ireland has one of the

Tue
07
Apr

Ireland: Emergency medicinal cannabis to be collected from Netherlands

Medicinal cannabis campaigner Vera Twomey, who fought a lengthy campaign to secure medicinal cannabis for her daughter Ava, has said she is “beyond relieved” that the Department of Health is facilitating the delivery of the medicine from abroad for people with a licence.
Tue
17
Mar

The story of cannabis in Ireland is a tale of chronic pain and a hesitant government

It’s been said that there are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen. The adage is perhaps never more accurate than when applied to medical marijuana in Ireland.

We have come a long way over the past several years, from when I introduced the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill in 2016 to the recent introduction of the Cannabis Access Programme. It has taken a wonderful display of human solidarity and decency, but the campaign to have cannabis-based products made available for prescription has finally convinced the Irish government to distribute cannabis to people who need it for medicinal purposes.

Wed
19
Feb

Recall Of CBD Food Products In Ireland

More than a dozen food products containing CBD have been issued recall notices by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

The Authority says certain batches of cannabidiol based foods and food supplements have been found to contain “unsafe” levels of delta‐9‐tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) based on the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) acute reference dose. It doesn’t mention what levels were recorded in any of the products in question.

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