Progress On Medical Marijuana In Ireland
The nation of Ireland is continuing to relax some of its conservative social policies. In just the past two years, the deeply Catholic country has made divorce legal, decriminalized homosexuality, and legalized same sex marriage, the first nation to do so through a popular vote.
Now Ireland’s parliament, the Dáil, has passed a bill legalizing the medicinal use of cannabis, following word from the ruling party that they would not oppose such a measure.
Ireland’s National Public Service Broadcaster, Raidió Teilifís Éireann, reports that lawmaker Gino Kenny, sponsor of the bill, intends to make cannabis products available to patients who suffer from chronic pain, epilepsy, cancer, MS, and fibromyalgia.
Ireland’s Minister for Health, Simon Harris, indicated that he will not oppose its progression through the Dáil, but added that some amendments may need to be added to the bill to thwart any possibility that medical cannabis legalization would open the door to legalized recreational marijuana use.
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