Irish Farmers Association wants to legalise cannabis


There has been a call from the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) to legalise the production of medicinal cannabis. The IFA has requested a meeting with the Department of Health to discuss the possibility, saying that this could be a ‘golden opportunity’ for Ireland to become a major player in cannabis on an industrial scale. Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast, Pat Farrell, Horticulture Executive with the IFA, stated that the tillage sector has declined by a massive 20% since 2012. As such, farmers were on the lookout for viable new crops to focus on. RELATED ARTICLE: CBD oil benefits, fact or fiction? – Clinical trials reveal the truth CONTINUE READING Cannabis – But not as you know it He emphasised that there should be a clear distinction between cannabis’s uses for medicinal purposes and its industrial benefits. The IFA, for now, is focused on its industrial possibilities. Farmers around Ireland want to begin cultivating hemp for a variety of industrial purposes such as fibres, insulation, as well as biodegradable plastics. At the moment, hemp is a controlled substance within Ireland and farmers need special licenses in order to grow it. With new legislation in place, Ireland could see a massive boost to…

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