Simon Harris, Ireland’s Health Minister, stated that special measures have been put in place to ensure the arrival of cannabis imports, even during COVID-19.
This is welcomed news by those who rely on medical cannabis, and praise has gone up for the Department of Health for making cannabis imports happen. The ongoing pandemic has disrupted numerous travel plans, which includes numerous patients who would travel to Holland to receive their treatment.
Speaking at the announcement of the taken protocols, Mr Harris stated that he is aware that “the limited number of patients who avail of a ministerial licence for medicinal cannabis products issued under section 14 of the Misuse of Drugs Acts have been encountering difficulties with access owing to travel restrictions and people’s need to self-isolate.”
Vera Twomey, who initially led a campaign to obtain medical cannabis for her daughter Ava, was ecstatic upon the release of this news. Her daughter battles with a rare form of epilepsy which caused almost constant seizures – until she started consuming medical cannabis.
Ms Twomey, who spoke on the benefits of alternative medicines in the House of Commons in 2019, hopes that these provisions will continue past the pandemic and allow for easier access to medical cannabis by those who need it most.
Ireland is following England and Wales in accepting medical cannabis, and are now making sure that those who need their medicine can get access to it despite COVID-19 restrictions on cannabis imports.