The HPRA report on medical cannabis has finally been released and it is very disappointing to say the least. While we appreciate this is a step in the right direction for Ireland, it is only a baby step and nowhere near enough.
“ The HPRA advises that cannabis should only be made available for the treatment of patients with specified medical conditions which have failed to respond to all other previous treatments, and where there is at least modest evidence that cannabis may be effective. Such patients should be under the direct supervision of an appropriately trained and experienced medical consultant. The specified medical conditions (medical indications) are:
1. Spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis resistant to all standard therapies and interventions whilst under expert medical supervision;
2. Intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, despite the use of standard anti-emetic regimes whilst under expert medical supervision;
3. Severe, refractory (treatment-resistant) epilepsy that has failed to respond to standard anti-convulsant medications whilst under expert medical supervision”.
The government have now announced that you may be able to have access to medical cannabis, BUT only after you are pumped full of pharmaceutical drugs first and only if you fit into their criteria. The government will decide if you are sick enough to try this safe, effective medicine. Thousands of people in Ireland die every year from prescription medication while cannabis has been used safely for thousands of years. Ever since mankind has known cannabis not one single death or overdose has been recorded. Why is this fact being ignored?
Our hearts go out to the people that already know cannabis works and are having success illegally healing themselves. They will remain “criminals” because those we are supposed to rely on for our health and welfare haven’t done their jobs properly. Medical cannabis has not been legalised in Ireland. Patients will still be punished for using cannabis and they still face the worry of their homes being raided by authorities. They will still have to face court, convictions, fines and punishments just because of their health and lifestyle choices.
Countries that have legalised cannabis have seen a drop in prescription drug deaths, suicide rates have dropped and they have generated billions in tax. Youth usage has not increased and crime rates have also fallen. Treating cannabis users like criminals creates more problems for the individual and their families.
If you feel cannabis will or already does improve your quality of life then It is your fundamental human right to have safe access. It is down to the adult or patient to use cannabis responsibly. Talk to your doctor. Education is key for the cannabis movement.