Irish Health Minister Urges Farmers in Difficulty to Grow Cannabis for Medical Purposes
Irish Health Minister Simon Harris has suggested that Irish farmers could provide cannabis for medical purposes. Currently agriculture in Ireland is suffering economic damage, cannabis cultivation would be a long-term solution.
Irish medical cannabis
The Irish Farmers' Association told TheJournal.ie that she was ready to meet the Irish Minister of Health, Simon Harris, about her comments on the possibility of Irish farmers growing cannabis for medical purposes.
Two years ago, the Irish government announced a cannabis supply program for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. But also to people suffering from nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy. So, only people with severe epilepsy. Especially those that are refractory and resistant to "traditional" treatment.
The implementation of the scheme has, however, been delayed. The Irish government is striving for a quality guaranteed supplier outside the country and will export to Ireland.
Minister pushing for legalization
The minister added that it seems "reasonable" for Ireland to increase its own supply; a suggestion to which the IFA declared itself open. Irish farmers are now finding it increasingly difficult to make a profit.
The problem is similar to what is happening in the Reunion Island. The economic opportunity has not escaped the Minister of Health.
"I think this could be an opportunity for Irish farmers in due course," he continued.
The Minister of Health recalls, however, that his motivation does not concern recreational use but a "controlled controlled use, with the support of the practitioner".
The availability of medical cannabis in Ireland would concern about more than 598,000 patients. In addition, 81% of Irish support medical legalization of cannabis ...