Ireland ‘sleepwalking’ into liberal cannabis regime, warn doctors


Ireland is “sleepwalking” into the legalisation of cannabis on the back of a campaign of misinformation about the drug, according to doctors who have set up a new group to campaign against liberalisation.


What is cannabis skincare and why has it suddenly become so popular?

While the recreational use of marijuana is now legal in 10 American states, on this side of the pond lighting up a joint is still very much a criminal activity – so how come there’s suddenly been an explosion of oils, serums, masks and moisturisers with cannabis on the ingredients list?

“Cannabis, which until not too long ago was taboo, has now started to emerge as a significant element in the medical and wellness sectors,” says Hugh Winters, CEO of Australian skincare company MGC Derma.

“Since your skin is your biggest organ, it can benefit your skin the most.”


Ireland: It’s high time debate on legalising cannabis was more than tokin’ gesture

LEGALISING cannabis for recreational use may be the next major debate on the liberal agenda in Ireland.

Privately, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been testing the waters within his close circle on how it might go down with voters.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar reckons legalising cannabis could be the next major debate in Ireland

People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny has been campaigning for legalising cannabis for a long time

There is fear of a backlash among the conservative support base of the party in the regions, but it could play well in Dublin, where the party is hoping to prevent the renaissance of Fianna Fail in the next election.

Fine Gael won huge political capital from championing the equal marriage and abortion referendums.


After long delays, the Irish government has finally found a medicinal cannabis supplier

THE IRISH GOVERNMENT has finally found a supplier for medicinal cannabis. 

The Department of Health confirmed to that a licence for the importation of “specified cannabis containing products” has been granted. 

The licence was granted to a commercial enterprise in January 2019.

It is understood Health Minister Simon Harris will bring proposals about the cannabis access programme to Cabinet next month.

It’s over two years since the minister announced that a medicinal cannabis access programme was to be established, but since then no scheme has been rolled out. 

The delay has been blamed on the government running into problems finding a quality assured supplier of cannabis and a supplier that can export its products to Ireland. 


Irish farmers 'could be given licences to grow cannabis in the future'

Irish farmers could be given licences to grow cannabis for medicinal use in the future. 

The Department of Health told that while legislation currently prohibits farmers from growing cannabis, this policy could change. 

“Policy to date has not permitted the cultivation of cannabis for medical use and no licences have been issued for this activity.

“However recent developments on access to cannabis for medical use may prompt a review of this position in the future,” said the department.

It’s two years since Health Minister Simon Harris announced that a medicinal cannabis access programme is to be established, but as of yet no scheme has been rolled out. 


Ireland's New Year's resolution? Legalize medical marijuana

As the UK begins to move ahead with medical marijuana, the Irish Health Minister says patients should also expect legalization in Ireland soon, writes Calvin Hughes. 


Health Minister Simon Harris suggests growing cannabis in Ireland

Minister for Health Simon Harris has suggested the possibility of farmers in Ireland growing cannabis in the future as part of his plan to push legalization of medicinal marijuana.

This week RTÉ's agricultural programme Ear to the Ground examined cannabis farms and the possibility of growing the crop in Ireland at some stage in the future if more liberal laws around cannabis are introduced.

Harris told the show that he would like to see medical marijuana grown in Ireland in the future and that he hopes to introduce legislation allowing for medicinal use of the plant as early as next year.


Cafe selling CBD flower and infused coffee opens in Ireland

Bloom’s Café isn’t much like its Amsterdam counterparts, but it does serve a nice cup of cannabis-infused coffee.

Ireland may not have legal adult-use cannabis with the country’s Minister of Health only allowing medicinal use on a case-by-case basis.

But legal barriers haven’t prevented Blooms Cafe from becoming the first cafe in Ireland to sell cannabis flower and infused coffee. Located in Waterford City, Blooms sells cannabis and hemp botanicals that are rich in CBD but have negligible (i.e. legal) levels of THC.


Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Ireland, support for legalization hits nearly 75 percent

Nearly three-quarters of Irish adults believe cannabis should be made available for medical purposes, writes Calvin Hughes.

Earlier this week, the Irish government published their most recent edition of 'Drug Use in Ireland and Northern Ireland,' which details the island's drug statistics. One of the report's key findings was that cannabis continues to be the most used illicit drug with over one quarter (26.4 percent) of Irish adults reporting they've consumed cannabis at least once in their lifetime.


This Irish 8-year-old epilepsy patient is now 'Pharma free' thanks to medical marijuana

A mother's campaign to get medical marijuana for her young daughter has come to a happy end.

Vera Twomey recently secured a medical marijuana license for her 8-year-old daughter Ava, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. Now, Twomey has announced that her daughter has been taken off all of her previous medications and is being treated solely with medicinal cannabis, writes Calvin Hughes.


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