The Irish Sun reports

“Patient safety and the real concerns of the vast majority of patients are overlooked, established processes for regulating and for prescribing medicines are ignored, while the Bill fails to provide any detail on what would qualify as medical cannabis.

“It consistently refers to ‘cannabis or cannabis-based products’ in a thinly veiled attempt to disguise its origins and its ultimate aim.”

People Before Profit TD for Dublin Mid-West Gino Kenny, who tabled the Bill which is due to come before the Dail Health Committee next month, hit back at the suggestion.

He said: “It is incorrect and disingenuous to say the Bill is flawed. Medical cannabis might not work for everybody — much like pharmaceutical drugs — but it will work for some.

“Patient safety is paramount. The Bill is about patient care and about giving people medical justice.”

Epilepsy Ireland said it agrees with recommendations by the Health Products Regulatory Authority.

A HPRA report issued in ­February said: “Cannabis has potential ­therapeutic benefits but these need to be better defined through clinical research.”

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