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Legalise medicinal cannabis?

Wednesday, 17th January, 2018 5:13pm

A political party brought their fight to legalise medicinal cannabis to Cork last night.

The People Before Profit party says that it will continue to fight inside and outside the Dáil to legalise medicinal cannabis and gain access for all who need it.

People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny was in attendance at the meeting.

Speaking prior to the meeting to the Cork Independent, Deputy Kenny said that his Bill, which he put forward almost 18 months ago to legalise cannabis for medicinal use, could benefit thousands of people.

When asked by the Cork Independent what he would reply to people who say he is trying to legalise a drug, he said: “I’ve heard that a few times but it hasn’t really come up as often I thought it would when I put the bill forward.

“People who say that generally don’t know what they are talking about. Distractors of the bill would want to say that this is a Trojan horse for recreational use.

But nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a different debate!”

He doesn’t believe that giving GPs the power to prescribe it will mean that the drug will leak out onto the streets.

He described it as a “ludicrous” thing to say because, he said, it’s “readily” available on the streets.

The state has issued licences to four people which Deputy Kenny said means four different GPs and four different consultants have prescribed the drug. He added: “That’s a licence system where the minster has signed off on it. I think that’s unworkable in the short and long term.

“There are many people that are using it without medical supervision and that’s not a good thing. It’s better when it’s prescribed by a doctor or medical practitioner which is what my bill is trying to do.”

The Dublin Mid West TD said that the wheels of change are “very cumbersome” and “really frustrating”. He also said that perceptions are changing, not only in the Dáil, but among the medical community too. He believes that his Bill will proceed and it will be legalised but he admitted that it will still take some time for it to be given the go ahead. “The government have put a freeze on the Bill but I would be confident that the bill will go the health committee stage very soon. Things are going in the right direction,” he concluded.

Also speaking at last night’s meeting was Cork woman Vera Twomey whose daughter Ava has been granted a licence for medicinal cannabis.

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