Do You Agree With the Legalisation of Medicinal Cannabis?

Written 2 years ago by Rebecca Donnelly


An Oireachtas Committee has recommended that medicinal cannabis be paid for by the state and made available to appropriate patients.

Eamonn Brady a pharmacist from Whelehans Pharmacy, Mullingar speaks to Don Delaney on Midlands Today; he says “you won’t see joints on the shelves in pharmacies anytime soon”.

There have been many calls for the government to act on making medicinal cannabis legal.  The main campaigner for medicinal cannabis is Vera Twomey.  Twomey is the mother of a young girl who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy. Cannabis helps reduce her seizures.

Vera Twoney and daughter Ava –  Image source – Independent.ie

Brady knows of people with debilitating illnesses like MS (multiple sclerosis) and other conditions that use cannabis to help relieve pain and spasms.  Cannabis is also known to benefit arthritis, seizures, pain and nausea.

He went on to say, there have been a small number of scientific studies carried out on the benefits of medicinal cannabis but more research is needed on the substance.

Cannabis itself is made up of 460 compounds.  The main active ingredient is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which gives the recreational high but also helps people medically.

Delaney goes on to question how cannabis will be distributed from the chemist; Brady mentions in America it is available in a number of forms including tablet form and nasal sprays.  They would not sell it to be smoked.

Brady also brings up the fact that cannabis has been known to trigger mental health issues but says all drugs and medicines have side effects.  It is up to your doctor to decide if it is suitable for the patient based on their own personal health history.

Listen to Brady speak further: