Is It Time To Legalise Cannabis In Ireland?

The topic will be discussed at a special Dublin summit tomorrow

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A special summit in Dublin tomorrow will discuss the impact of legalising cannabis on medical grounds.

The discussion, which is the first of its kind, will take place in Smock Alley and comes after a parliamentary bill was introduced to the Dáil calling for the legalisation and regulation of the medical use of cannabis and cannabinoid products in July.

Bríd Smith, a People Before Profit/Anti-Austerity Alliance TD, tabled the motion to benefit those suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and other illnesses that effect the nervous system. 

The bill is expected to come to vote in the next term, which begins on September 27th.

Elsewhere, several states in the US are rolling out a medical and adult legalisation process and Germany are developing their medical program.

So, should cannabis be legalised in Ireland? Or should it be legalised for medical use only?

Those diagnosed with cancer and other illnesses such as multiple sclerosis use cannabis to relax, as it helps them deal with the pain they may be suffering from. It is said that almost a million people in Britain use cannabis for medical reasons.

There are legal alternatives such as CBD or cannabidiol, which is used by patients with Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy found in children.

Is this sufficient? Let us know your thoughts on this controversial issue in the comments below!

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Úna Harty

Úna is a Limerick hun who refers to everyone as either gal or pal. Despite the fact that she’s studying Nanoscience she loves a bitta theatre, a bitta writing and a bitta Gaeilge. You’ll find her in The George most nights of the week covered in glitter trying to keep the Harty Party going. Her diet mainly consists of chocolate, pizza and popcorn.

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