22 July 2016
RTE is reporting the following
An opposition TD has introduced a bill in the Dáil that would see cannabis legalised for medicinal use.
Anti-Austerity Alliance/ People Before Profit deputy Bríd Smith said there is demand for such medication by a number of specific groups of ill-health sufferers.
She said that she has met with a group representing people who suffer from Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy generally found in children.
“Cannabis oil can help a great deal to prevent the seizures that take place,” she said.
She said the use of cannabis can also alleviate the nausea and muscle spasms that affect those with Multiple Sclerosis.
The Dublin South Central TD said that it can also provide pain relief for those who suffer from cancer.
“Really what we are trying to do is to facilitate the use of cannabis and cannabis related products for medicinal purposes. These would be the ones that are already experimented on and would clearly have to be subscribed by a medical practitioner, particularly by a consultant.”
She is proposing to establish a Cannabis Regulation Authority and “that authority would be bearing the costs that may occur to the State as a result.”
Ms Smith added that distributors would have to be licenced, with restrictions on selling and holding it.
She said there are further provisions in the bill on labeling, testing, advertising and having due regards for needs of users while promoting awareness more broadly of cannabis and its effects.
The bill will be debated at a later stage as a Private Members’ motion.