New plan to legalise use of medicinal cannabis


“By Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

Monday August 08 2011

THE Government is considering proposals to make cannabis-based medicines available by prescription here.

The Department of Health is looking at proposals to allow medicines containing the drug to be made available in certain circumstances.

Under current law, cannabis- based medicines cannot be prescribed in Ireland, although other countries do allow them for the treatment of illnesses such as multiple sclerosis.

Junior Health Minister Roisin Shortall said she was aware of claims that cannabis could be beneficial in the treatment of some illnesses and was looking at whether it could be prescribed here.

It marks a change from the approach adopted by former health minister Mary Harney, who was reluctant to loosen the controls on the use of cannabis.”

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