A five-year pilot program allowing access to cannabis-based products for medical use has been launched by the Irish Minister for Health, Simon Harris.
Harris signed the legislation giving the go-ahead in June, saying the aim was to “facilitate compassionate access to cannabis for medical reasons, where conventional treatment has failed”.
Cannabis-based products should be made available to some patients with multiple sclerosis and epilepsy, and people suffering from nausea due to chemotherapy.
Currently, there are no such products available in Ireland, and less than two dozen patients receive medical cannabis by import license agreement. That compels them to travel abroad, mainly to the Netherlands, every three months.
Source: Cannabis Therapy Magazine 01
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