By Brian Houlihan
In the last two months a number of politicians have asked about medical cannabis in the Dáil. Though quite similar, the number of questions asked shows how medical cannabis is a political issue. It’s worth noting the answers given were fairly similar too.
These questions came after Gino Kenny’s bill passed its second stage and Simon Harris ordered a review of medical cannabis policy. The recent health committee report, which recommended the state pays for medical cannabis, was one part of the review. The second part, a report from the HPRA, is due for release shortly.
Following the delay in releasing the HPRA report a number of politicans asked about the matter
Labour Senator Denis Landy asked the Seanad about Gino Kenny’s medical cannabis bill.
(Please note I removed some irrelevant text/speech from Jerry Buttimer’s contribution to keep the graphic smaller)
All these questions show medical cannabis is a hot topic in Ireland at the moment. With the release of the HPRA report imminent we may see significant changes in Ireland.
Help Not Harm are delighted to have played a role in all of this. We did so by assisting on Gino Kenny’s bill, the health committee report and the upcoming HPRA report.
Brian Houlihan is a Director of Help Not Harm which seeks to shift the emphasis of Irish drug policy from criminal justice to public health.