The Irish government has revealed that it has finally identified and issued an import license to a Danish medical cannabis firm. The license was reportedly issued back in January.
Slightly more than two years ago, Simon Harris, the Irish Health Minister, announced that Ireland would create a medical cannabis program for its patients who couldn’t be helped by the existing conventional treatments for their health conditions.
However, little seemed to happen from the time that announcement was made. The revelation that a medical marijuana supplier had been found and licensed is therefore welcome news to the medical cannabis advocates in the country.
The government explained that it delayed to secure a supplier because it wanted to be convinced about the ability of that selected firm to deliver medical cannabis of verifiable quality, but many firms wouldn’t be able to export medical cannabis to Ireland.
The Ministry of Health has also confirmed that its staff is working tirelessly to finalize drafting the enabling legislation that will operationalize the medical cannabis program. The draft law may be ready by mid-April.
The medical cannabis that will be imported is intended to treat patients with nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, patients suffering from multiple sclerosis as well as patients suffering from severe epilepsy.
These qualifying conditions are part of the recommendations that were made by HPRA (Health Products Regulatory Authority) when it looked into the viability of medical cannabis and wrote a report in favor of setting up the medical cannabis program.
As the country waits for the operationalization of the medical cannabis program, doctors are allowed to prescribe medical marijuana to the patients that they are convinced can benefit from these products.
These patients are then required to apply to the Minister of Health for a license that can allow them to travel abroad to buy medical cannabis and bring it into Ireland.
As you may imagine, this process is a tedious and expensive one. It is therefore no surprise that in more than a year, the ministry has only granted licenses to just a dozen people. Most of these individuals obtained their medical cannabis from medical cannabis pharmacies in the Netherlands.
The enactment of the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation bill will bring a sigh of relief to the patients who desperately need medical cannabis but cannot afford to travel abroad frequently in order to obtain it. Earth Science Tech, Inc. (OTCQB: ETST) and FinCanna Capital Corp. (CSE: CALI) (OTCQB: FNNZF) hope that the authorities in Ireland speed up all the necessary processes so that patients can access medical cannabis locally.
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