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.


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.


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.


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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.


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