Under a new scheme, Ireland will be 'sowing weed instead of pulling weeds'

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An Independent TD (or Teachta Dála, a member of the lower house of Irish Parliament) is calling for approval for a new plan in which wetland owned by a semi-State company, Bord na Mona would be re-purposed to cultivate medical cannabis.

Under the new plan, Ireland will be “sowing weed instead of pulling weeds,” according to TD Michael Fitzmaurice, The Sun reports.

Bord na Mona owns approximately 80,000 hectares of wetland which was originally harvested for peat, a fossil fuel burned for heat and electricity. But as the Irish government distances itself from the use of fossil fuels, the company is considering alternative ways of making use of the land’s resources.

An Independent TD (or Teachta Dála, a member of the lower house of Irish Parliament) is calling for approval for a new plan in which wetland owned by a semi-State company, Bord na Mona would be re-purposed to cultivate medical cannabis. iStock / Getty Images Plus

The proposal has received the support of multiple parties and is under consideration by the Ministry of Health.

Support for the project is further enhanced by the fact that Irish citizens have reported experiencing major hurdles in gaining access to medical cannabis. Residents must receive a ministerial licence to legally possess and consume.

Irish policymakers’ increasing support for cannabis access and cultivation is reflected in neighbouring Britain, where a recent survey found that 48 per cent of voters support recreational legalization and only 24 per cent outright object to it, The Independent notes.

Britain’s enthusiasm for medical cannabis is even stronger, with 77 per cent supporting legal medical cannabis. Although the drug is currently legal in the UK if prescribed by a physician, access has been hindered by factors such as healthcare workers’ reluctance to prescribe, and by the considerable cost of the drug itself.

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