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Harris refuses for cannabis legalization in Ireland

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Simon Harris, a health official has said that there are no plans to legalize cannabis in Ireland. Speaking in the Oireachtas Health Committee, Harris said he wanted to clarify the stance regarding CBD and said “There are no plans to legalise cannabis or any other illicit drugs in this country.”

However, he further said that he plans to have medical cannabis access scheme up and running in the summer. He will ensure some statutory instruments to put the scheme on a legal footing due to be signed “in coming weeks”.

Christina from explained that, a group of 20 doctors said this week that a campaign of misinformation has caused the number of CBD users in Ireland spike up by an increasingly sharp amount, and warned against liberating the drug for recreational purposes.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last year confirmed that there was a working group which aimed at decriminalizing the drug and were reviewing jurisdictions such as Canada where CBD has already been legalized for medicinal uses.

A report from a working group on the subject of possession of cannabis for personal use is to be brought to the Cabinet within the next few weeks. However, senior doctors from the Cannabis Risk Alliance confront that risks associated with the drug are being ignored. They are worried about its side effects and the increased risk of development of mental disorders, specially psychosis.

The group said the government was “sleepwalking” its way into supporting its use. Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny said the letter penned in The Irish Times by doctors conflated two issues – recreational use and medicinal use of cannabis.

Harris put immense pressure on how every being, whether an addict or not should be given a helping hand rather than a handcuff. He said the medical cannabis access scheme is a “separate and distinct matter” from the government’s plan to “tackle the underlying issues” that surround drug addiction. He urged to take a health based approach than stigmatizing addicts and putting them behind the bars.

“Deciding that the only thing that we’re going to do for a drug addict is put them in touch with the criminal justice system will not break addiction,” he added.

Harris said that behind every addict, there is a human being who is someone’s mother, father, sister, brother or partner stating “we have to face up to drug addiction.”

A study reveals that CBD can effectively help in improving mental health by reducing anxiety, stress and enhancing quality of sleep. It is a non-psychoactive compound which does not affect the state of mind but has calming properties which helps relax and maintain a peaceful mood. It can reduce seizures, treat epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and even cancer in some cases. However, there is more research and study to be conducted to confirm its effects outlining any major negative impacts (if any).

CBD has anti-inflammatory properties which helps reduce pain, swelling, inflammation, acute pains, aches and also help in muscle soreness. Many celebrities are using CBD infused numbing creams before they hit the red carpet to avoid pain from standing for too long at events. Some are even throwing CBD themed parties like Kim Kardashian West’s fourth baby shower which had a calm and soothing CBD aura to it.

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In the United States, the federal law removed hemp derived cannabidiol from its list of Controlled substance in December 2018. After the legalization, many companies and retailers began selling CBD infused products such as gummy bears, beer, popcorn, burgers and what not. From the beauty industry curating CBD based topical creams, tinctures, face masks, oils to the food industry adding CBD oil to their entire menu, it is one of the most trending ingredient in the west.

Ivan writes about Cannabis at The Cannabis Radar. He has a degree in Nutrition Sciences from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre. He likes to spend his spare time reading to his daughter or spending time with his wife.

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