Thursday, 18th January 2018
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A public meeting to be held in the Granville Hotel on next Thursday 13 April will be addressed by Gino Kenny TD of People Before Profit on his Bill to make medicinal cannabis available for use in treating conditions such as Cancer, Epilepsy, MS and chronic Pain.

The meeting, to be chaired by Una Dunphy of PBP, will also hear from Vera Twomey who recently walked the 260km from her home to the Dáil as a protest against decisions to restrict access to the drug to her daughter Ava, who has rare form of epilepsy called Dravet’s syndrome, and suffered up to 300 seizures a day before Vera started using a cannabis extraction as a medicine for her.

Health Minister Simon Harris has refused to authorise access for Ava and continues to criminalise other child and adult patients using cannabis-based treatments.

Tom Curran, partner of the late Marie Fleming, who used marijuana to curb the symptoms of her Multiple Sclerosis will also speak in support of the Bill.

In July 2016, Bríd Smith TD and Gino Kenny TD moved the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016. The Second reading of the Bill got unanimous support from all parties. It is now at Committee stage and could become law by this summer.

Deputy Kenny says that his Bill is about “trying to alleviate unnecessary suffering” and that his efforts are driven by the personal testimony of many people who have used cannabis products “in circumstances not of their own choosing”.

The Bill takes a health-led approach that stresses the effectiveness and greater safety of cannabis-based products over authorised medicines such as opioids and benzodiazepines

Increased numbers of patients using cannabis-based products instead of more toxic alternative authorised medicines will result in a net improvement in the health of the population as a whole,” he said.

The Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill provides for the regulation of cannabis for medicinal use and to do this proposes to establish a Cannabis Regulation Authority to regulate distribution by issuing licences under the Act.

It also provides for a Cannabis Research Institute to improve the level of public knowledge and to develop research on the medicinal use of cannabis.

Under the Act patients will be able to access from a pharmacy, with a doctor’s recommendation, a legally protected, secure supply of a quality-controlled cannabis-based product, that is effective, and safer than many authorised products, especially for pain relief.

This meeting is part of a nation-wide campaign to make a massive difference to the lives of people who suffer unnecessarily.

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