Marijuana reform has been in the news a lot this week with resounding marijuana reform victories occurring in the United States. There are now 8 recreational marijuana states in America (and D.C.) as well as 28 medical marijuana states (and D.C.). In Europe, marijuana reform is also becoming a hotter topic as the weeks pass by. Germany in particular has been getting a lot of attention as its medical marijuana program starts to ramp up after a recent court ruling determined that marijuana is indeed medicine there.
One place in Europe that does not allow medical marijuana is Ireland, but it sounds like Ireland is exploring the idea of changing that, and as soon as in January. Per the Irish Times:
Minister for Health Simon Harris has promised the mother of an ill child that he will take action on the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in January.
The Minister made the promise to Vera Twomey after she embarked on a walk from Co Cork to Leinster House in order to draw attention to the issue.
Her six-year-old daughter, Ava Barry, has a catastrophic form of epilepsy, but is now almost seizure-free after she started taking two doses of cannabis oil a day.
Ava suffers from Dravet syndrome and needed around-the-clock care before she started taking cannabidiol oil earlier this month.
The Irish government ordered a review of the country’s policies as they pertain to medical marijuana, which involves Ireland’s Health Products Regulatory Authority to provide a scientific analysis to Mr. Simon Harris in regards to marijuana’s medical properties. It will be very interesting to see what the review concludes, and how sound the scientific review ends up being. There are no doubt patients suffering in Ireland, and they deserve safe access to a proven, non-harmful medicine.