Ireland Medical Marijuana Dispensary In early February 2017, Ireland’s Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016 entered the committee stage of legislation, where various Irish government committees will evaluate the Bill's’ contents by section and suggest amendments as necessary. In December 2016, the Dáil passed the Bill following a statement that they would not oppose medical marijuana legislation in the first stage. Ireland’s Minister for Health Simon Harris also voiced support for creating a medical marijuana program. The current vernacular of Ireland’s Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016 allows for the establishment of a Cannabis Regulation Authority charged with regulating the possession and supply of cannabis for medical use, developing a patient-focused licensing and regulatory code that provides safe, professional and regulated cannabis supply and gives due credence to the needs of suffering patients. This Authority will also advance educational measures to increase recognition and understanding of cannabis, as well as promoting the use of cannabis for medicinal reasons. Ireland Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Producers Info: It is an offence for any person to sell cannabis or cannabis-based products unless that person holds a valid Wholesale or Retail Licence. The four types of cannabis sale licenses include: a Wholesale License, a Retail License, an Importation License, and a Production License. A Wholesale license for cannabis sale may only be granted to a wholesale distributor who is of good legal standing with a premises fit for secure storage and wholesale of cannabis. Wholesale licensees may supply quantities greater than one ounce provided the buyer holds a Retail license A Retail license for the sale of cannabis in Ireland may only be granted to registered pharmacies, where the primary trade of the business is in medical products. Holders of an Ireland cannabis retail license may purchase quantities of cannabis greater than one ounce provided the seller holds a Wholesale license. An Importation license permits the import of cannabis into Ireland where cannabis products are imported from a country where it is legal to do so. Any License to import cannabis for medicinal use in other EU countries is recognized. A production license allows for the cultivation and production of cannabis and cannabis-based products, on certified premises and only in an amount to be determined by orders from wholesalers and retail licensees. The allocated plant number will be determined by the fulfilment of patient-demand and orders. All Ireland cannabis products must be tracked in a common database to be established by the Cannabis Regulation Authority. Ireland Medical Marijuana Regulation and Rules: The Cannabis Regulation Authority of Ireland will develop regulations relating to the transportation of cannabis. The Authority will also make regulations for specifying particular requirements in relation to tax obligations. Ireland’s Cannabis Regulation Authority will develop regulations relating to licensing, including a register of licenses (separated by Division 1-Wholesale and Division 2-Retail), a system of rules providing for the control and operation of licensee activities, application and renewal application for licenses, record-keeping requirements, and revocations of licenses. Additionally, the Authority will establish Ireland’s regulations on labelling requirements, including information regarding the net weight, manufacturer, licence number of retailer, cannabis plant strain, cannabinoid content, listing of all materials used in cultivation or processing, warnings regarding use, illegality for possession by a minor, and the place of cultivation or production. In regards to edibles products, additional requirements may be made for the listing of ingredients, cannabinoid content, nutrition content and the compatibility of the product with dietary practices. All Ireland cannabis products must be tested by an independent laboratory, and publicly display results for all contents, purities, cannabinoids, ingredients, pesticides and fungi/mold content. No cannabis product will be branded with the producer’s logo color, or other signifier, and will be packaged in plain packaging that displays the product name, producer’s name, ingredients and place of production. It is an offence in Ireland to advertise or market cannabis or cannabis-based products.
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