Minister Harris first proposed the program two years ago
Health Minister Simon Harris today signed legislation which will allow Irish citizens access to cannabis-based products for medical use on a pilot basis for five years.
The Medical Cannabis Access Programme allows medical consultants to prescribe medicinal cannabis of a standardised quality to patients who have failed to respond to standard treatments.
Minister Harris first proposed the programme two years ago, but its passage through the Dáil was delayed amid problems finding a quality-assured supplier of medicinal cannabis able to export its products to Ireland.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that a supplier had been identified and the legislation was finally signed this morning.
The new scheme will facilitate access to medical cannabis for patients with the following conditions if they have failed to respond to standard treatments:
- Spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis
- Intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy
- Severe, refractory (treatment-resistant) epilepsy
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