Ireland Set to Legalise Cannabis to Treat Medical Conditions

Ireland set to legalise cannabis to treat medical conditions

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Despite a government-ordered report warning of a lack of evidence over the drug’s safety and effectiveness, Dublin’s Health Minister Simon Harris has given the green light for its use in certain circumstances.

Mr Harris said he will establish an access programme for cannabis-based treatments for conditions “where patients have not responded to other treatments and there is some evidence that cannabis may be effective”.

These will include multiple sclerosis sufferers, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and epileptics.

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