Ireland medical cannabis conference to set agenda for change

Ireland medical cannabis conference to set agenda for change
Cannabis Health News

Patients and campaigners will meet in Ireland this weekend, with the aim of creating a national agenda to improve access to medical cannabis.  A host of high profile campaigners and patient advocates will attend a national medical cannabis conference in Dublin on Saturday 11 June. The event, which is being held by the Irish campaign group, Patients for Safe Access, aims to tackle the lack of safe access to medical cannabis in the country, which sees millions of patients forced to break the law or suffer without a treatment which could be transformative for them. Taking place at The Sugar Club, Dublin, guests will discuss and adopt a national policy agenda that aims to steer Ireland towards a more effective and compassionate medical cannabis programme. Speakers include well-known advocates for reform in Ireland, such as Gino Kenny T.D, addiction specialist, Dr Gareth McGovern, and medical refugees and campaigners, Alicia Maher and Stephen Garland, who have been forced to move abroad to access cannabis.  Representatives from the UK, including Peter Reynolds, of the Cannabis Industry Council and Carly Barton, founder of Cancard will also share their insights with attendees.  Ireland’s Medical Cannabis Access Programme got underway last year, but only allows people living with one of three qualifying conditions to access a limited number of products.  These conditions include intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, severe treatment-resistant epilepsy and spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). Since its launch, campaigners have criticised the programme for excluding widespread conditions, such as chronic pain. Patients For Safe Access was founded by medical cannabis patients and caregivers in a bid to overcome barriers to access, end stigma and discrimination against patients, and educate stakeholders on the science and benefits of this medicine. Its founder, Martin O’Brien, originally from Cork, has been living in San…

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