Ireland Medical Marijuana Doctors
As of early February 2017, the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016 has entered the committee stage of law-making, where various members of Ireland’s government committees will evaluate the law’s contents by section and make such amendments as needed. In December 2016, the Bill was passed by the Dáil and supported by Minister for Health Simon Harris for its first stage in the process.
The current text of Ireland’s Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016 allows for the establishment of a Cannabis Regulation Authority charged with regulating the supply and possession of cannabis for Irish medicinal use, developing a patient-oriented licensing and regulatory code that offers safe, professional and regulated supply and gives due regard to the needs of patients. This Authority will also promote educational measures to increase Ireland awareness and understanding of cannabis, as well as facilitating the use of cannabis for medicinal reasons.
Ireland Medical Marijuana Research and Advancement:
The Bill also charges the Cannabis Regulation Authority with the development of a Cannabis Research Institute within 12 months of the bills commencement. This Ireland Institute will be responsible for conducting and publishing cannabis-related research regarding the safety and benefits/risks of cannabis use, compliance with legislation regarding regulations, the cultivation and manufacture of cannabis and cannabis products. The Institute will also encourage employers to review drug-free workplace policies, promote the public awareness of cannabis use including safety, and advise on Ireland’s future medical marijuana regulation development.
What Medical Marijuana Patients in Ireland Should Know:
Ireland patients in possession of a valid medical certificate and a receipt from a licensed pharmacy for the total amount in possession are not in violation of cannabis transportation prohibition. The Cannabis Regulation Authority will finalize regulations regarding cannabis transportation.
Patients may purchase no greater than 1 oz of cannabis or the cannabis product equivalent of no more than 1 oz in a single transaction. It is an offence for any Ireland Retail License holder to sell cannabis to a child under 16 years of age, but a parent may purchase it on their behalf if the child has a medical certificate for cannabis use.
Cannabis for medicinal use may only be sold to those who hold a certification from a registered medical physician, on a form yet to be finalized by the Cannabis Regulation Authority, that the patient has a condition for which a trial of cannabis treatment is a reasonable course of improvement for the symptoms or course of the condition.
The Cannabis Regulation Authority of Ireland has yet to determine a list, if any specified, of qualifying medical conditions for which medicinal cannabis may be used as a trial treatment. The current opinion, pending amendment, is for an Irish physician researched in cannabis to use professional and correct judgment when composing the medical certificate for marijuana use.
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