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.”


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. 


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.


The Irish are trading cocaine for cannabis in lockdown: Police

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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.

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.


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.


Cannabis oral solution now available for qualifying patients in Ireland

Tilray 10:10 pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis oral solution, a full-spectrum extract oil, is now available for qualifying patients in Ireland.

On June 26, 2019, Ireland’s Department of Health enacted the Medical Cannabis Access Programme, which provides compassionate access to medical cannabis for patients in need in Ireland.


A Guide to CBD Oil in Ireland

CBD is a term you must’ve come across at least once considering how popular it has gotten, thanks to its countless benefits and possibly no adverse side effects. But if you’re still curious as to what CBD oil is and how to obtain it in Ireland then read on!

Is CBD oil legal in Ireland? Let’s start by looking into CBD. CBD literally stands for Cannabidiol which is a compound found in the Cannabis Sativa or better known as the Hemp plant. Among more than 100 compounds (cannabinoids) extracted from the Hemp plant, CBD has proven to be quite beneficial regarding its properties and has quickly gained popularity in the field of natural medicine.


Irish investors to get access to cannabis fund

Irish investors will next week be offered their first opportunity to invest in an exchange traded fund (ETF) focused on the fast-growing legal marijuana industry.


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