Friday 27 April 2018

'Licensing of medicinal cannabis is a joke,' says mum

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A young mother has pleaded with Health Minister Simon Harris to legalise medicinal cannabis or simplify the current Irish drug licensing system.

Noreen O'Neill slated the current licensing system as "a total joke and a farce" and warned that children like her son Michael (18 months) have to be gravely ill before they are allowed access to the remedies.

The little boy suffers from a rare condition of the frontal brain lobe called bilateral frontal polymicrogyria.

Noreen, who lives in Co Cork, has stabilised her son's seizures with a legal herbal treatment. She says CBD oil reduced his seizures by 75pc in the first 48 hours of use. Her concern is that if these benefits begin to erode, Michael may require access to the cannabis oil-based treatment, THC, only available by special licence.

"The current situation is a farce - only four families in Ireland have gotten licences for medicinal cannabis for their children despite them suffering from severe seizures," she said.

"You shouldn't have to fight hard to save your child's life or get access to such vital treatments."

Irish Independent

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