Ireland

Wed
10
Jul

GreenLight for medical cannabis in Europe

Discover how GreenLight Pharmaceuticals Ltd is aiming to advance clinical research, access and education regarding medical cannabis in Europe.

Established in 2014, GreenLight Pharmaceuticals Ltd is an Irish biopharmaceutical company focused on developing safe and effective plant-based medicines. GreenLight specialises in phytocannabinoid research and clinical development. The company is based in Dublin but has recently created a UK based subsidiary and has plans to expand its world of medical cannabis in Europe.

Mon
08
Jul

Ireland: Interest grows in harvesting cannabis

When Health Minister Simon Harris recently signed legislation to allow for the operation of the Medical Cannabis Access Programme on a five-year pilot basis, he opened the door wider for an emerging sector which has significant potential to create jobs and a new revenue stream for the Government’s coffers.

The programme has taken two years to establish, mainly due to difficulties in sourcing a suitable supplier of cannabis with the required quality assurances for export into Ireland.

While this outside supplier will cater to the immediate needs of the sector, the legislation does allow for potential local producers to apply to have their cannabis products assessed for suitability.

Wed
03
Jul

The kids who changed the medical marijuana debate

As the debate around the positive benefits of medical cannabis now touches most corners of the globe, few things have had as major an impact in getting the conversation this far as parents telling the stories of their children living a better quality of life thanks to cannabis.

Tue
02
Jul

Ireland pilot Medical Cannabis Program to start this year

It’s been a long time coming, but last week Ireland’s Minister for Health signed legislation to kick off a medical cannabis program in the country.

 

The program will operate on a pilot basis for five years and access will be restricted to patients with the following qualifying conditions.

 

  • spasticity associate with MS (multiple sclerosis)
  • intractable (not easily managed or controlled) nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy
  • severe, treatment resistant epilepsy

It’s a pretty short list, but it’s a start.

Wed
26
Jun

Access to cannabis for medical reasons is now allowed in Ireland under new law

HEALTH MINISTER SIMON Harris has today signed legislation to allow for the operation of the Medical Cannabis Access Programme on a pilot basis for five years.

The minister said it is going to take “a little bit of time to fully establish” the scheme, as  supply couldn’t be brought in until the law was signed today.

“I expect patients to be in a position to access the scheme in the autumn,” he said.  

It’s over two years since the minister announced that a medicinal cannabis access scheme was to be established.

Thu
23
May

No plans to legalize cannabis in Ireland, Health Minister claims

Legal cannabis in Ireland? Irish Minister for Health claims there is no plan for legalization

Minister for Health Simon Harris has stated there are no plans to legalize cannabis in Ireland following claims from an alliance of senior doctors that Ireland is ‘sleepwalking’ toward general legalization of the drug.

A report on the possession of drugs for personal use is expected to be brought before the cabinet before the summer, and some doctors are fearful about the direction Ireland is taking regarding drug usage.

Mon
20
May

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.

Fri
05
Apr

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.”

Wed
03
Apr

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.

Mon
01
Apr

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 TheJournal.ie 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. 

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